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London Philharmonic Orchestra: A Matter of Life and Death

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Saturday 8 October 2016 at 19:30

Shostakovich called his Fifth Symphony 'a Soviet artist's creative response to just criticism'. Well that was the official line. Like everything in Stalin's Russia though, the reality was a bit more complicated, and the music is a lot more gripping. Conductor Thomas Søndergard brings all his trademark energy to a symphony that defined the 20th century – music that really is a matter of life and death. It's the ideal companion-piece for the atmospheric Violin Concerto by Andrzej Panufnik, the post-war Polish master who found refuge in the UK, and the rich Nordic colours of Sibelius's rarely-performed evocation of a doomed romance, far away and long ago.

Panufnik's Violin Concerto organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme.

Sergej Krylov © Mary Slepkova
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