Jonathan Nott, conductor
Gautier Capuçon, cello

The friendship between two of the greatest 20th-century composers is an underlying theme of our season. Here, it is illustrated firstly by Britten's Passacaglia, one of the key moments of his opera Peter Grimes. It precedes two works by Shostakovich, beginning with the Cello Concerto No. 1, in which the composer’s monogram DSCH is often used as a musical signature, and where Stalin's favourite melodies are presented with macabre irony. The dictator’s shadow seems to hang over the Symphony No. 10, often perceived as a description of Stalinist terror.

Benjamin Britten

Passacaglia, op. 33b, from 'Peter Grimes'

Dimitri Chostakovitch

Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre N° 1 en mi bémol majeur op. 107

Dimitri Chostakovitch

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, op. 93
mercredi 5 février Victoria Hall — 20h00 Espressivo Buy tickets
jeudi 6 février Victoria Hall — 20h00 Giocoso Buy tickets