Radio 3 In Concert
The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in Shostakovich's powerful Leningrad Symphony. They are joined by soloist Dejan Lazic for Bartok's characterful Third Piano Concerto. Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, dedicated to the city of Leningrad, was written at a time of unimaginable horror in the city. Under siege from the Nazis, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives in inhumane conditions. Most of the work was written while Shostakovich was resident in the city, and the Leningrad Symphony continues to speak, with directness and impact, of the brutality of war, as well as the importance and power of the voice of the creative artist. The programme begins with Bartok's characterful and energetic Third Piano Concerto performed by Croatian-born Dejan Lazic.
Bartok: Piano Concerto No 3
Interval Music on CD: Shostakovich String Quartet No.8 played by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 (Leningrad)
Dejan Lazic (piano)
Juanjo Mena (conductor)
Presenter/Stuart Flinders for the BBC
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