Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra

A Genius Revealed

A scintillating concerto that wears its heart on its sleeve; a symphony whose political subtext subverts any concluding bravado; things are never quite what they seem as the Dresdeners delve deep into the Russian soul.

Weber Euryanthe Overture
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Conductor Michael Sanderling
Violin Jennifer Pike

Whichever way you read it – critique of Stalinist oppression, or, (phrased with delicious ambiguity), ‘A Soviet Artist’s Reply to Just Criticism’ – Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 remains one of the 20th century’s most listened-to acts of soul-baring bravery. Its premiere met with a forty-minute ovation… and tears! Tchaikovsky, of course, had his own demons to face, but you’d never guess from the sun-drenched concerto that prefaces it in the company of Weber’s glowing retreat into a medieval past.

Michael Sanderling and the Dresden Philharmonic launched our 2015/16 series and they’re back with a young British violinist who impressed with her Sibelius last October. The youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Jennifer Pike “has turned from child prodigy to superbly graceful virtuoso without airs of affection” says The Times of a recent performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto.

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Chamber concert

Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
Tue 8 May 2018, The Lantern, 7.30pm
Tickets: £8, or £5 incl. booking fee when bought with a ticket to this concert

Pre-concert lecture

The Lantern – 18:25
Stephen Johnson introduces this evening’s concert and interviews violin soloist Jennifer Pike before her performance of Tchaikovsky. Stephen will also be introducing his new book ‘How Shostakovich Changed my Life’ and will be signing these in The Lantern foyer before the concert and during the interval.

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