Beethoven / Shostakovich

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Beethoven / Shostakovich

Dmitri Sjostakovitsj (1906 - 1975), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

24/02/2013 in Antwerp - 26/02/2013 in Ghent

  • Dmitri Jurowski
  • Mikhail Agafonov
  • Musical direction: Dmitri Jurowski
  • Soprano: Liene Kinča
  • Mezzo-soprano: Yaroslava Kozina
  • Tenor: Mikhail Agafonov
  • Altviool: Béatrice Derolez

Optimism versus realism

The ‘apotheosis of dance ' is how Richard Wagner described Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Boisterous dance rhythms and a bright, optimistic tone are the hallmarks of this work, which is brimming with personality and daring. Its Allegretto has even become so popular that it is regularly performed separately from the symphony. Shostakovich however takes a different tack: he responded to the growing anti-Semitism in the 1940s with the song cycle From Jewish Poetry (1948). This concert therefore enters into a dialogue with the parallel work Nabucco, in which the oppression of the Jewish people also plays a central role.


Tickets from € 10.00 to € 45.00


Chief conductor Dmitri Jurowski consciously left his mark on the programming of this concert. As a scion of an impressive Russian conducting family, he more than anyone else is able to combine great classics with lesser-known work. The programme also includes the Russian tenor Mikhail Agafonov, whom audiences will remember for his impressive role as Don Alvaro in last season’s moving production of La Forza del Destino.