Soloist Valeriy Sokolov joins Aurora Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, before Aurora applies its signature memorised performance style to Shostakovich’s Ninth.
Aurora Orchestra performs Shostakovich’s Ninth by heart, harnessing the power of an orchestra playing from memory to explore a 20th-century masterpiece from the inside out.
Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon teams up with BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service to offer audiences a vivid musical introduction with live excerpts. They unpack the musical architecture of the symphony’s fleet-footed melodies and dance-filled rhythms, before Aurora’s musicians put it back together with a complete performance of the work.
To open the concert, Aurora welcomes Kharkiv-born violinist Valeriy Sokolov as soloist for Tchaikovsky’s monumental Violin Concerto.
- Aurora Orchestra
- Nicholas Collon conductor
- Valeriy Sokolov violin *
- Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
- Introduction: Conductor Nicholas Collon and BBC Radio 3 Presenter Tom Service discuss Shostakovich’s Symphony No.9
- Shostakovich: Symphony No.9 in E flat (performed from memory)
‘Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.’ — New York Times