Dramatic Shostakovich
Ashkenazy’s Shostakovich Tribute

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Dramatic Shostakovich
Ashkenazy’s Shostakovich Tribute

Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to Sydney, bringing his extraordinary musicianship and personal insight into the world of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.

The orchestra provides the subtext in Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and its big moment is the relentless Passacaglia that builds the drama to a shattering emotional climax. Its brazen effects make a thrilling introduction to a concert where musical and real-life drama meet in mighty artistic statements. At the height of its success the opera was banned; its composer fell from grace. It was the bravely epic Fifth Symphony – tagged 'A Soviet Artist's Reply to Just Criticism' – that restored Shostakovich to (precarious) favour. His First Violin Concerto also emerged from under a cloud, and the world – not to mention a young Ashkenazy – had to wait until after Stalin's death to hear its nocturnal musings and stirring virtuosity.

Join us for the pre-concert talk by Andrew Aronowicz in the Nothern Foyer 45 minutes before each performance. The concert will conclude at approximately 10pm (Fri), 4pm (Sat), 9pm (Mon).
 

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