Unmistakable Voices

Fri 18 January 2019



Kirill Karabits conductor
Augustin Hadelich violin

Shostakovich was just 19 when he wrote his precocious First Symphony as a graduation exercise in composition at the Leningrad Conservatory. Youthful symphonies seldom reveal their composer’s true voice, but this symphonic debut immediately speaks in his own distinctive voice, juxtaposing the ironic with the romantic, the intimate with the bombastic, and the chromatic with the diatonic. This is the signature sound that is heard throughout his storied career melded from an exceptionally broad exposure of contemporary music whilst studying.

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto possesses all the grandeur of those he wrote for the piano. It exceeds the scale of any violin concerto that preceded it, and also begins with the longest orchestral introduction of any – before or after. These are familiar hallmarks of Beethoven the form-breaker and innovator – but it is admired more for its sheer beauty than for its innovations and is now firmly established as one of the most beloved violin concertos in the repertoire despite its inauspicious beginnings.


Beethoven  Violin Concerto
Shostakovich  Symphony No.1


Event Info


A £40 B £34 C £26 D £22 E £16

The following concessions are available from the box office (telephone and in person only):

Under 18s “Kids for a Quid”: £1 tickets, subject to availability.

Full-time Students: 50% discount, or  £5 Student Standby tickets available from the on-site box office in the Great Hall foyer an hour before the concert

Job Seekers, Income Support Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Wheelchair Users, Personal Assistants: 50% discount

Groups 10+ 10% discount
Groups 20+ 20% discount
Groups 30+ 30% discount

MULTIBUY discounts are available if you buy 4 concerts or more

Running Time

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Supplementary Event

BSO Bandwagon: Unmistakable Voices, Newton Abbot - Topsham Route

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