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Shostakovich’s Fifth & Prokofiev Piano Concerto 5

 05 April 2012 at 7.30 pm 

Shostakovich’s Fifth & Prokofiev Piano Concerto 5

City Halls

Denis Kozhukhin piano
Ludovic Morlot conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

36-year-old French conductor Ludovic
Morlot has been making quite a name for
himself in recent years, leading to his recent
appointment as Music Director of the Seattle
Symphony Orchestra. He begins a
programme of high emotion with Martinů's musical 'memorial' to the dead of the Czech village
of Lidice, massacred by the Nazis in 1942. Just as intense, in its own way, is Prokofiev's last
piano concerto - perhaps the most demanding of them all for both soloist and orchestra. And
finally, Shostakovich's best known symphony, a spectacular piece that still divides opinion as
to how much it shows its composer yielding to Stalinist pressure and how much it contains coded
hints of defiance against oppression.

Bohuslav Martinů : Memorial to Lidice
Sergei Prokofiev : Piano Concerto No.5
Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphony No 5

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