Completed and premièred in Leningrad during the most critical phase of the siege of the Russian city by Nazi troops, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 is a magnificent example of synchronisation between real events and musical creation. The première of the work took place in August 1942, when it was played and heard by an orchestra and a starving public who were being besieged by daily bombings. In this programme, this work is introduced by music related to other dramatic scenes of the same war: R. Strauss’ reaction to the bombing of the Vienna Opera; Penderecki’s deep lament for the victims of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
Hannu Lintu Conductor
Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima
Symphony No. 7 in C major, op. 60, Leningrad
11 May, 20:00 – Auditorium 3
By Sérgio Azevedo