In his old age, Shostakovich was profoundly affected by three great masterworks: Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) and Britten’s War Requiem. In his Symphony no. 14 – dedicated to Britten – he melded all three into a stunning sung symphony for strings, percussion, bass and soprano.
The work is one long, tormented reflection on death. Two in memoriams will pave our way to this masterpiece: Schnittke mourns his compatriot, and Pärt muses on Britten.
Alfred Schnittke: Prelude in memoriam Dmitri Sjostakovitsj
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
Dmitri Sjostakovitsj: Symfonie nr. 14 op. 135
CONCERT INCLUDING MINI DOCUMENTARY (in Dutch)
Ladeuze, Ladeuzeplein 20
Lijnen 1–9 / 284–85 / 315–17 / 333–35 / 337 / 351–52 /358 / 370–74 /380 / 395
Halte Rector De Somer plein
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