BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
8 May 2015, Music Hall, Aberdeen
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BBC SSO 2014-15 Season Shostakovich 15 in Aberdeen

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Shostakovich 15 in Aberdeen
Fri 8 May 2015 Music Hall
Donald Runnicles conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No.15.
Donald Runnicles conducts Shostakovich's Symphony No.15.

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Some composers fade peacefully into old age: others do things rather differently. The 71 year-old Janáček took a massive orchestra, lined up eleven more trumpets and let fly with his extraordinary Sinfonietta: a huge, brassy shout of joy that has to be heard live to be truly believed. Shostakovich, meanwhile, wrote a final symphony that seems to ask as many questions as it answers – and simply refuses to sit still and be taken seriously. Perhaps the brilliantly witty First Piano Concerto that Shostakovich wrote at the other end of his career will shed some light; but with BBC SSO guest Garrick Ohlsson joining Alpesh Chauhan as soloist, entertainment, at any rate, is guaranteed.