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Discover the work of Shostakovich
Wednesday 11th January, 2017 - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Discover the work of Shostakovich
Nicholas Collon.
The work of one of the 20th Century’s most prolific composers, Dmitri Shostakovich, takes centre stage at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, next week.

Broadcaster Stephen Johnson will offer fascinating insights into the composer, accompanied by music from the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Nicholas Collon.

Discovering Shostakovich takes place on Wednesday, January 11, at 7.30pm.

Shostakovich’s prolific output including 15 symphonies that speak deeply about the relationship between the individual and society, and chart his own troubled relationship with the Soviet state.

The years of terror under Stalin saw the composer censured for the formalism of his compositions and in fear for his life, and yet he was a tenacious survivor.

Following the triumph of his wartime Leningrad Symphony, his 1943 8th Symphony met with a much more equivocal response, its unsparing soundworld denounced as unpatriotic and then blacklisted until 1956.

The programme features a complete performance of the symphony.
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