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Ashkenazy: Shostakovich Symphony No. 10
Royal Festival Hall

Ashkenazy: Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Date: 28 Apr
Time: 19:30
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

Esther Yoo, violin

GLINKA Overture, Ruslan and Ludmila
GLAZUNOV Violin Concerto in A minor (Op. 82)
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SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10

Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts an all-Russian programme culminating in Shostakovich's deeply personal Tenth Symphony.

The last of three Shostakovich performances this spring, the Tenth Symphony premiered shortly after Stalin's death in 1953. The piece is an emotional outpouring of Shostakovich's suffering during Stalin's era.

Out of a gloomy opening in the strings, a lonely clarinet emerges with a quiet melody that returns throughout the movement, juxtaposed against brash scenes of musical terror. A creeping waltz in the third movement gives way to a finale that builds unstoppably, finally releasing into glorious triumph.

Glazunov's passionate Violin Concerto, performed by Esther Yoo, remains his most popular composition. Filled with lyrical melodies and exhilarating solo passages, the piece culminates with a devilish folk-inspired flourish.

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