Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert - Shostakovich Plus 2017

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01Shostakovich Plus: Carducci Quartet20171212

Fiona Talkington presents the Carducci Quartet playing Beethoven and Shostakovich.

This week's series of lunchtime concerts, recorded at LSO St. Luke's in London, is entitled Shostakovich Plus. It explores key chamber works by the composer contrasted with works by others from different periods - selected by the performers themselves.

The Carducci Quartet have chosen music by Beethoven, who like Shostakovich triumphed creatively despite political upheaval and personal adversity - his 'Serioso' quartet was composed as Napoleon laid siege to Vienna and while the composer was already fighting his own battle of losing his hearing.

Beethoven: String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op 95
Shostakovich: String Quartet No 4 in D major, Op 83

Carducci Quartet.

02Shostakovich Plus: Truls Mork and Havard Gimse20171213

Truls Mork and Havard Gimse play cello sonatas by Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Fiona Talkington presents Truls Mork and Havard Gimse playing cello sonatas by Prokofiev and Shostakovich as part of the Shostakovich Plus series at LSO St Luke's.

A rare chance to hear the cello sonatas by both these composers in the same concert. The two pieces were written 15 years apart and here is an opportunity to hear the both the similarities and differences between them.

Prokofiev: Cello Sonata in C major, Op 119
Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D minor, Op 40

Truls Mork, cello
Havard Gimse, piano

Photo: Ⓒ Johs Boe.

03Shostakovich Plus: Trio Wanderer20171214

Fiona Talkington presents Trio Wanderer playing Copland, Suk and Shostakovich.

Fiona Talkington presents Trio Wanderer playing Copland, Suk and Shostakovich as part of the Shostakovich Plus series at LSO St. Luke's.

In the third instalment of this series which partners chamber works by Shostakovich with music by other composers, Trio Wanderer have chosen music by Aaron Copland and Josef Suk. Copland's Vitebsk is "a study on a Jewish theme" and indeed the last movement of Shostakovich's second Piano Trio, which closes the programme is also based on Jewish melodies. Shostakovich wrote this work as a memorial to a friend - the music critic Ivan Sollertinsky - which links it to Elegie - a tribute from Suk to the writer Julius Zeyer.

Copland: Vitebsk
Suk: Elegie
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 2 in E Minor, Op 67

Trio Wanderer

Photo: (c)Francois Sechet.

04Shostakovich Plus: Meta4 and Alasdair Beatson20171215

Fiona Talkington presents Meta4 and Alasdair Beatson playing Mustonen and Shostakovich.

Fiona Talkington presents Meta4 and Alasdair Beatson playing Mustonen and Shostakovich as part of the Shostakovich Plus series at LSO St. Lukes.

In today's concert we hear two works written by composer-performers - indeed Dmitri Shostakovich and Olli Mustionen both played the piano parts in the initial outings of these piano quintets. Both works have similarities - the use of contrapuntal techniques in movements marked Prelude, Fugue and Passacaglia and both works are emotionally direct. The Mustonen is an outgoing and energetic work whilst the Shostakovich, in contrast, is a more introspective piece.

Olli Mustonen: Piano Quintet (UK Premiere)
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57

Meta4
Alasdair Beatson, piano

Photo: (c)Maike Fuchs.