Concerto No. 1 in C major for Piano and Orchestra, op.15
Symphony No.13 in B-flat minor, op.113 (Babi Yar)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ryan Bancroft conductor
Jonathan Biss piano
James Platt bass
BBC National Chorus of Wales
From its boldly assertive opening phrase to whimsical and playful finale, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is one of the most grand and daring work of its generation.
Often referred to by its nickname Babi Yar, Shostakovich’s theatrical, bitterly humorous and transcendent 13th Symphony sets the words of Yevtushenko, depicting the atrocities of Operation Barbarossa on the Jews in Russia. Silenced for over 20 years due to Khrushchev’s objections to its antisemitic undertones, this symphony saw a resurgence in popularity in the late 20th century – unsurprising given the ingenuity and nuance of Shostakovich’s music, from its sharp contrast, quick wit, and ambivalent tonal centre, combined with a subtle classicism and romantic yearning.
Start time: 3pm
Running time: Approximately 2 hours (including an interval)
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