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Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. 8

Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. 8

Date: 24 Jan
Time: 19:30
Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)
Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra


Sebastian Fagerlund - Water Atlas - (UK premiere; BBC commission)
Alma Mahler-Lieder- a selection
Dmitry Shostakovich- Symphony No 8 in C minor

On 4 November 1943, a war-fatigued audience in Moscow heard the first performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony. Unlike its predecessor, this was no rallying call-to-arms. It was masterpiece of despair, grotesquery and anger powered forward by music both grief-stricken in stillness and hurtling in paranoia. The piece was banned immediately.

Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Shostakovich's denunciation of the futility of war alongside the lustrous songs by Alma Mahler with mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill. A UK premiere by Sebastian Fagerlund - a composer shepherding Finnish orchestral music into a thrilling new era - is the climax to a monumental, awe-inspiring trilogy of orchestral works.

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The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930, and is passionately committed to performing 20th-century and contemporary music. The orchestra provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, and performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, all of which are broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Highlights in its 2014-15 Season include a complete Nielsen Symphony cycle under the baton of Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, operas by Dalibor and Bartok, and three Total Immersion days.


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