The BBC Philharmonic conducted by Juanjo Mena perform Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony, and soloist Dejan Lazic joins them for Bartok's Third Piano Concerto.
The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by its Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in Shostakovich's powerful Leningrad Symphony. They are joined by soloist Dejan Lazic for Bartok's characterful Third Piano Concerto.
From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Stuart Flinders
Bartok: Piano Concerto No 3
7.55 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)
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.