18 May 2017
|Shostakovich (arr. Barshai)||Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a|
|Prokofiev||Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63 in G minor|
|Dvořák||Symphony No. 6, Op. 60 in D major|
St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL
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The Allied firebombing of Dresden killed more people than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima In the While staying in Dresden in the summer of 1960, Shostakovich composed a quartet, his eighth, inscribed “In memory of victims of fascism and war.” This evening we will perform Rudolf Barshai’s arrangement of this quartet for string orchestra.
Prokofiev composed his Violin Concerto No. 2 in 1935, while living in Paris just before returning to the Soviet Union. He completed it at the same time as his well-known ballet score Romeo and Juliet, which this concerto mirrors in numerous passages.
If the Sixth hasn't quite the stature of Dvorák's three final symphonies, it is nonetheless thoroughly characteristic of the composer. It is the work that marks his full maturity as a symphonist, and it is by any standards one of the most ingratiating symphonies of its time.