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Behind the Iron Curtain: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Weinberg

Sun 28 Jun

Behind the Iron Curtain: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Weinberg

Prokofiev String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50
Weinberg Selection from Children's Notebooks
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57
Yulia Chaplina piano
Piatti String Quartet

Immerse yourself into the intensive world of sound, feel the deep desperation for the political regime and decipher the hidden meanings of the music by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Weinberg written at the height of the Soviet government in power.

Prokofiev’s rarely-performed String Quartet No. 1 (1930) is an extraordinarily beautiful work; the Finale is a unique slow end to this exquisite work.

Weinberg’s pieces from the Children’s Notebook (1944-45) are a glimpse into his troubled childhood. His entire family was killed in Poland, he fled to the USSR becoming a close friend and a follower of Dmitry Shostakovich.

Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet (1940) is one of most famous and astonishing works by the composer. He was awarded the highest award of the Soviet Union ‘The Stalin Prize’ for this work.

Dubbed ‘impressively virtuosic’ by The Classical Reviewer, the ‘quintessentially Russian’ (International Piano Magazine) pianist Yulia Chaplina joins forces with the Piatti Quartet, praised as an ‘impressive young ensemble’ by the Sunday Times.

This concert is the opening night of the Russian Music Week in London.

Date & start time:Sun 28 Jun – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One
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