Past Event17 Aug 2023

Shostakovich 5

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Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

Shostakovich’s most popular symphony encapsulates the debate about his music: is it a simple barnstorming finale or a coded protest? We welcome Shiyeon Sung back to the podium to take us on this rollercoaster ride.

‘The multitude of stars hovering over the mysteries of the deep’. So Liadov described this crystalline miniature, orchestral virtuosity at its best.

The eminent Scottish pianist Steven Osborne plays Ravel’s wonderful concerto. Its effervescent outer movements are infused with a feather-light touch of jazz (albeit a very Ravellian kind of jazz); its central movement is one of his most profound and moving utterances.

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