Hear the LSO at full strength as Gianandrea Noseda continues his survey of Shostakovich with the monumental Fourth Symphony.
Zoltán Kodály’s tribute to the Slovakian town of Galánta is infused with the sounds of folk music from the region, and is set in this concert alongside James MacMillan’s haunting, otherworldly Trombone Concerto.
Shostakovich at one point thought his Fourth Symphony was the best thing he’d ever written. Extravagant and challenging in equal measure, it’s a work of epic proportions, requiring over 100 musicians including large percussion and brass sections. Owing to Soviet censure, the work went unperformed for almost 30 years after it was completed, until in 1961 it was revealed as one of the significant milestones of the composer’s output, the work that solidified him as a master symphonist.