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BBC Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich, Martinu

Semyon Bychkov leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican. Martinu: Concerto for Two Pianos (with Katia and Marielle Labeque). Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 in C (Leningrad).

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony and the Labeque sisters join for Martinu's Concerto for Two Pianos.

Martinu: Concerto for Two Pianos

20.00 - Interval: religious choral music from St. Petersburg

Shostakovich: Symphony No.7 in C major, 'Leningrad'

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)
Katia and Marielle Labèque (pianos)

Semyon Bychkov, who holds the BBC SO's Günter Wand Conducting Chair, presents two utterly contrasting works, both written during the Second World War. Martinu's delicious Concerto for Two Pianos dates from his highly productive spell in America. Katia and Marielle Labèque are the ideal pianists to animate its dancing syncopations, soaring lyricism and crystalline textures. From boom-time America to the Soviet Union in the grip of winter and war, Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony pays tribute to the defiance and courage of the Russian people in a vast, compelling musical tour de force.

Following the concert, composer Rebecca Dale and members of Music for Everyone reflect on "When Music Sounds": their piece created as part of Making Music's "Adopt a Composer" project.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Maksim Sozontovich Berezovsky

    Cast Me Not Off in the Time of Old Age

    Choir: Glinka Choir of Leningrad.
  • Dmitry Bortniansky

    Te Deum Laudamus

    Choir: Glinka Choir of Leningrad.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


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