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Doors open: 19:30

Tour name: The Rest Is Noise

Henri Dutilleux - Tout un monde lointain
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Jean-Guihen Queyras cello
Mikhail Petrenko bass
Gentlemen of the London Philharmonic Choir

Tickets £9 - £39; premium seats £65

At the height of the ‘thaw’ that followed Stalin’s demise, Dmitri Shostakovich found himself able to speak his mind once more. For his 13th Symphony, the composer took controversial texts by the young liberal poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko depicting the Nazi massacre of Jews outside Kiev and set them with bold simplicity and tragic irony. The Symphony was astonishingly outspoken and delivered Shostakovich’s last major clash with the Soviet state. By turns stark and defiant, tender and warm, this compelling masterpiece is one of the composer’s most personal and affecting creations and an apt counterbalance to the glistening translucence of Dutilleux’s concerto for cello and orchestra.

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