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The Hallé - Shostakovich’s Defiant Response | Bridgewater Hall Manchester  | Thu 19th September 2019 Lineup

The Hallé - Shostakovich’s Defiant Response

Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Thursday 19th September 2019

7:30pm til 9:30pm

No age restrictions

Klaus Mäkelä conducts the Hallé in the opening concert of the 2019/20 season featuring Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 played by Víkingur Ólafsson.

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The Hallé - Shostakovich’s Defiant Response on Thursday 19th September 2019

Beethoven - Overture: The Creatures of Prometheus
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.1
Shostakovich - Symphony No.5

Klaus Mäkelä

Víkingur Ólafsson, piano

Beethoven’s exhilarating overture to his only ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus, starts the season and heralds Hallé debuts by two young Nordic artists. Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä may only be 23, but he’s already Chief Conductor Designate of the Oslo Philharmonic, while Víkingur Ólafsson has been described by the New York Times as ‘Iceland’s Glen Gould’. He plays Beethoven’s youthful, ambitious First Piano Concerto. After a savage, very public, dressing down by Stalin, Shostakovich responded with his Mahlerian Fifth Symphony. Superficially a traditional symphonic journey from tragedy to triumph, in reality it’s a work of subtle, undercover ironic defiance with hidden references known only to Shostakovich, as if he is saying ‘don’t you dare tell me what to write’.

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