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Shostakovichs Tenth.


  • Ravel (orch. Colin Matthews) Oiseaux Tristes4′
  • Ravel Alborada del gracioso7′
  • Britten Les Illuminations23′
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 1052′

The Soviet authorities called Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony an “optimistic tragedy”, but we just know that it’s one of the twentieth century’s ultimate musical epics: a huge, shatteringly powerful portrait of a human spirit battling impossible odds. It’ll make a gripping showcase for the young British conductor Nicholas Collon, who’s paired it with jewel-like miniatures by Ravel and Britten’s luminous songs, sung by the wonderful Sophie Bevan.

CBSO+ 26 April, 6.15pm: CBSO violinist David Gregory joins two of his colleagues to explore Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony.

This concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 30 April 2018.


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