BBC Philharmonic
1 Jun 2019, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season Mahler/Shostakovich

BBC Philharmonic
Mahler/Shostakovich
19:30 Sat 1 Jun 2019 The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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Devoted party propagandist or subtly anti-Soviet rebel? The inner life of Dmitry Shostakovich, one of music’s most fascinating enigmas, has been the subject of endless speculation, even inspiring a recent novel by Julian Barnes. And yet it doesn’t take much to hear the man in the sweeping plenitude of his Fourth Symphony, written in Stalinist Russia during 1936 but not premiered until 25 years later, long after the dictator’s death.

Mark Wigglesworth conducts a programme that also features British baritone Roderick Williams in some of Mahler’s most romantic songs.

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