Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Prom 4: Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony

Live at BBC Proms: The BBC Philharmonic, under Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena, perform Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. Mark Simpson is the soloist in Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto.

Live at the BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic and Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena in Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony. They are joined by Mark Simpson for Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Magnus Lindberg: Clarinet Concerto

8pm Interval: Proms Plus Talk
An introduction to Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony with Anastasia Belina and David Nice, presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 'Leningrad'

Mark Simpson (clarinet)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

In his final season as its Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena leads the BBC Philharmonic in a concert contrasting darkness and light. Magnus Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto is a modern classic, a glorious collision of tradition and innovation that is at once emotionally direct and ferociously virtuosic; a graduate of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artist scheme and BBC Young Musician winner, Mark Simpson is the soloist. Darkness streaks across the second half with Shostakovich's heart-wrenching tribute to the Soviet victims of the Second World War - the powerful 'Leningrad' Symphony.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 35:55

  • Interval

    Proms Plus - Shostakovich Leningrad Symphony

    Duration: 21:03

  • Part 2

    Duration: 01:16:15

  • Magnus Lindberg

    Clarinet Concerto

    Performer: Mark Simpson.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 7 in C major, 'Leningrad'

  • Claude Debussy

    Cello Sonata in D minor

    Performer: Benjamin Britten. Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
    • Rostropovich and Britten Recital.
    • Decca.
    • 9.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Philharmonic


Featured in...

The home of classical music and the Proms on the BBC

The home of classical music and the Proms on the BBC

Every Proms concert is broadcast live on Radio 3 - don't miss a single one.