Exeter: Great Hall - BSO: Triumph and Passion

The Great Hall, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4PY

Tel: 01202 670611

Exeter: Great Hall - BSO: Triumph and Passion


Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Mikhail Tatarnikov - CONDUCTOR / Boris Giltburg - PIANO

Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto stands miles apart from many of his other works in its sense of freedom and abandon. It is a gloriously free, wistful creation – an unrestrained delight from start to finish, particularly in the famous, soulful and heart-rending adagio, which guarantees the whole work’s enduring popularity – either side of which are two vivacious movements, both full of style and an overwhelming sense of fun. After a shaky start, the Fifth Symphony soon became recognised for the masterpiece it undoubtedly is. Tchaikovsky wrote that its subject was ‘Providence’.

More specifically it is a journey from darkness and despair into light and triumph, accomplished partly by the musical character of the individual movements, and partly through a recurring "motto" theme, which appears in a different guise throughout. Khachaturian’s sensual Adagio marks the moment in the ballet when Spartacus can enjoy a moment of peace and celebration from persecution by the Romans. More beautiful melodies make this perennial favourite one of the best love themes ever written.


Adagio from Spartacus

Piano Concerto No.2

Symphony No.5

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See website: https://exeternorthcott.co.uk/type/bso-concert/
Contact 01202 669925 or boxoffice@bsorchestra.co.uk for ticket enquiries.





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  • Car parking - Some current building work on campus makes parking slightly restricted. However a free bus service is available from the car parks at the top of the campus or from city centre. Contact 01392 832405 more information.

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