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PROKOFIEV Flute Sonata in D Op.94
BRITTEN Cello Suite No.3 Op.87
TOM OWEN Paraphrases New commission for May Festival 2017
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in G Op.57
Benjamin Britten’s profound third Cello Suite represents the musical pinnacle of the composer’s enduring friendship with the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Britten’s contact with Rostropovich and Shostakovich was one of the few channels for artistic interaction that remained open between East and West through the most difficult years of the Cold War.
Shostakovich’s wonderfully varied Piano Quintet displays very openly the influence of J.S. Bach. Official Soviet approval came in the form of the award of a Stalin Prize (1st Class).
Platform 4 commissions for our Russia in the Round Festival 2017
We have commissioned the members of Sheffield's professional composers collective, Platform 4, to each write a new work for our 2017 Festival, inspired by famous Russian repertoire. You can hear the new pieces performed alongside the works that inspired them in each programme. Find out more here.
Can't decide which concerts to come to? Listen to the festival highlights playlist or come along to our Russia in the Round introductory concert on 11 March for inspiration.