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Beethoven & Shostakovich: The Power of Music

 ELGAR   Cockaigne Overture 
 BEETHOVEN   Piano Concerto No 5 'Emperor' 
 SHOSTAKOVICH   Symphony No 5

Conductor: Michael Bell MBE
Piano: Giuseppe Guarrera (picture)




Elgar’s rumbustious and affectionate musical picture of London at the turn of the 20th century is his Cockaigne Overture with its pomp and pageantry – the lovers in a park on a Sunday afternoon, the cockneys, the church bells and lots more; sets the scene for this CPO Summer Spectacular.

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 ‘Emperor’ is a magisterial work, and Beethoven’s best-loved and most famous concerto with its slow movement of exquisite beauty. 

Shostakovich composed his Symphony No 5 in 1937 at the height of Stalin’s power when Russians, who had fallen foul of the authorities (as Shostakovich had with his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) were arrested…or simply disappeared. The Fifth Symphony has become known as ‘a Soviet artist’s creative response to just criticism.’ 

Scored for large orchestra the Fifth Symphony takes us on a rollercoaster of emotion from the hard-hitting opening and highly dramatic first movement, to a biting scherzo, and a haunting slow movement to the triumphant finale…or is it triumphant? Just one of this great work’s enigmatic secrets!

 Standard Price £7.00   Stalls (C-E sides), Tier 3 (rear), 7 (rear), 9 & 13
£10.00 Stalls (C-E centre) Tiers 10, 12, 3 (front) and 7 (front)
£12.00 Tiers 2, 8, 11
£18.00 Stalls
£24.00 Tier 1
 Children under 18 £5.50 Not available in Stalls or Tier 1 
 19 - 25 year olds £9.00 Not available in Stalls or Tier 1  
 Friends of St David's Hall |  Students | Over 60s | Claimants £2 off top two prices  
 Wheelchair user plus one companion (please contact Box Office on 02920 878444) £7.00 each ticket (available on single tickets only, not on Series Offer)  

 Plus an optional £1.50 postage fee. 
*For Hynt tickets, please contact Box Office on 02920 878444. Limited availability - please book early to avoid disappointment.

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