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Memory of an angel

Belief and Beyond Belief: Death

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London, SE1 8XX

Denisov Symphony No. 2
Berg Violin Concerto
Shostakovich Symphony No. 15

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Beauty is truth, truth beauty ... even when that truth is so honest that it hurts. Berg dedicated his Violin Concerto ‘to the memory of an angel’, and a bottomless depth of personal loss lies beneath its gorgeous colours. Patricia Kopatchinskaja unlocks its secrets in this concert, between two final symphonies by composers who knew that truth could be a dangerous thing. Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony cloaks its sorrows in jokes, enigmas and pitch-black humour; two decades later, his friend Edison Denisov said farewell in a poignant, fantastical Second Symphony of his own. This is a rare British performance of a work that’s close to Vladimir Jurowski’s heart.

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This performance is being broadcast live by BBC Radio3 and will be available online in the UK for 30 days via iPlayer.


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