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Performer: Philip Cobb

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Shostakovich, Berlioz and the Great American Songbook at the Barbican

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta
Philip Cobb’s bluesy inflections turned the dear old Barbican Hall into the coolest nightspot in the capital; they might as well have lowered the lights and served cocktails.
*****
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Noseda and LSO brim with bite in Shostakovich 5

Gianandrea Noseda © Ramella & Giannese | Fondazione Teatro Regio di Torino
Fluidity and colour in Debussy's La Mer and hard-edged defiance in Shostakovich's Symphony no. 5 were combined with Philip Cobb's trumpet refined and bright in Haydn. 
****1
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Impish Shostakovich and epic Sibelius

Ahead of its US tour with Michael Tilson Thomas, the London Symphony Orchestra flexed its muscles in a display of orchestral strength on home turf in the Barbican. 
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Unfussed Beauty from Bronfman

Shostakovich's first and second piano concertos were coupled with Tchaikovsky's third symphony in the exciting continuation of the LSO's complete Tchaikovsky cycle, under their principal conductor, Valery Gergiev.The concerto for trumpet, piano, and strings (Op. 35) was written in 1933, with Shostakovich playing the piano part at its première in the same year.
****1
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