BBC SO 2013-14 Season Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Leila Josefowicz discussing Salonen
Shostakovich's 5th Symphony
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s 2009 award-winning Violin Concerto is a portrait of the phenomenal soloist Leila Josefowicz, who gives this UK premiere. Praised at its LA Philharmonic premiere for its ‘pure, euphoric poetry’, it’s a work that lends itself to Josefowicz’s visceral intensity. In its pulsing central movements, we may find echoes of Sibelius’s driving repetitions in his dark re-telling of Pojhola’s Daughter, in which the daughter of the north, astride a rainbow, mocks the love-lorn Väinämöinen. The concert ends with one of Shostakovich’s most popular symphonies, No. 5: its heroic classicism may have effected the composer’s political rehabilitation, but its essential defiance comes blazing through.
BBC Singers at Six
6pm St Giles' Cripplegate
This early evening concert explores choral music from the period both by composers who stayed in Soviet Russia and learnt to survive under the system, as well as those who chose to leave and take their chance abroad.
BBC SO Plus Family
6.00pm Fountain Room
An introduction to tonight's concert for families. A free family-friendly workshop followed by the concert in the Barbican Hall for just £5 a ticket (plus booking fee).
BBC SO Plus Family is specifically deisgned for family groups with children between the ages of 8 and 16 and at least one of your group must be aged 16 or under. These concerts are not recommended for children under the age of 8. Call the Barbican Box Office and quote ‘BBC SO Plus Family’ to buy your tickets, or book online and quote 040679 for a reduced booking fee. Please note that spaces are limited!