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Britten: the Shostakovich connection

To celebrate the long friendship of Britten and Shostakovich, the BBC NOW, conducted by Jac van Steen, perform Britten's Cello Symphony and Shostakovich's Symphony No 10.

As part of a weekend at Snape Maltings celebrating Britten's relationship with Russia, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Jac van Steen give a concert inspired by the long friendship between Britten and his Russian counterpart, Shostakovich. Britten wrote his Russian Funeral Music around a revolutionary tune, which commemorates lives lost in the Russian revolutionary cause; Shostakovich would also go on to use this theme in his 11th Symphony. Cellist Alban Gerhardt takes up Britten's masterful Cello Symphony, the second piece that Britten wrote for Rostropovich, who was a long-term collaborator, first introduced to Britten by none other than Shostakovich. And the evening culminates in Shostakovich's deeply personal 10th Symphony, a work which takes the listener on a journey through the depths of the soul.

Britten: Russian Funeral
Britten: Cello Symphony, Op 68

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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op 93

Alban Gerhardt (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jac van Steen (conductor)

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Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Russian Funeral

    Orchestra: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Cello Symphony, Op 68

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
  • Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich

    Moderato

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Cello Sonata in C major, Op 65

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Hyperion.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony no 14 (9th mvt, 'O Delvig, Delvig!') Op 135

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Singer: Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya. Singer: Mark Rezhetin. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony no 10 in E minor, Op 9

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
  • Henry Purcell

    When night her purple veil had softly spread

    Performer: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‚ÄźDieskau. Ensemble: Alberni String Quartet.
    • BBC MUSIC.

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