Ulster Orchestra Season Grand Finale: Shostakovich Symphony No.5
Jun 01 2018
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A season of sweeping Romance and epic national treasures comes together in the season finale; ...
A season of sweeping Romance and epic national treasures comes together in the season finale; three poetry-inspired pieces that reflect the concerns of the soul and ultimately end in the triumph of the human spirit. Britten and Mahler were two of Shostakovich's musical heroes (and Britten was also a friend), so it is their music that paves the way for Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.
Heroic on the surface, with its direct musical language and well-shaped melodies, the Fifth is also heroic beneath. The composer faced Stalin's displeasure (both career- and life-threatening) and had a job on his hands to rehabilitate his reputation. His Fifth Symphony was publicly described as "a Soviet artist's reply to just criticism", yet privately he said that the finale is a satirical picture of Stalin, deliberately hollow but dressed up as exuberant adulation. The Symphony's final fanfare may mock the dictator but it also celebrates Shostakovich's successful stay of punishment and heralds the start of an exciting new voyage with Maestro Payare - look out for more of Shostakovich's War Symphonies in the Ulster Orchestra's 2018-19 Season.
Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5
Conductor: Rafael Payare
Mezzo Soprano: Katarina Karnéus
To book your ticket, please visit www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk