Shostakovich and Brahms – Sir Simon Rattle & Isabelle Faust
Defiant. Mercurial. Fiery.
Thursday 29 February 2024 • 7pm
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Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto
Interval – 20 minutes
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No 4
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Isabelle Faust violin
London Symphony Orchestra
The concert will finish at approximately 9.30pm (timings subject to change)
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Shocking, dissonant, savagely ironic: Shostakovich’s Fourth was a statement of rebellion against Stalin’s dictatorship.
It begins with the engines of industry: mechanical marches, pounding brass. An uneasy second movement, and then a nightmarish vision of life in Stalin’s Russia explodes in a frenzied succession of dance themes.
Shostakovich withdrew his Fourth Symphony before its first performance, after hints that he was treading a fine line with the Soviet authorities. It shines on as an extraordinary vision of thwarted humanity.
Brahms wrote his Violin Concerto with, and for, his friend, the virtuosic Hungarian musician Joseph Joachim, and its foot-stomping finale honours Joachim’s heritage.
Isabelle Faust has made an exhaustive study of Joseph Joachim’s approach to this concerto, so her stirring performance is reliably authentic. There are thrills and chills aplenty in Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO’s uncompromising approach to Shostakovich’s masterpiece.
‘If they cut off both hands, I will compose music anyway, holding the pen in my teeth’ – Shostakovich
Generously supported by The Huo Family Foundation
Header Image © Mark Allan
Also with Sir Simon Rattle
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