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Act of Defiance

Dramatic musical fireworks to end the season

Event Details


30 May 2025 19:45


Ulster Hall - Belfast

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Shostakovich & Walton

Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Walton Cello Concerto
Shostakovich Symphony No.5

Was it, or wasn’t it, an act of defiance and bitter retort to Stalin’s displeasure? Shostakovich’s life was so utterly and constantly in peril that he could never publicly declare whether his Fifth Symphony was simply ‘a Soviet artist’s reply to just criticism’ or a satirical puncturing of the dictator, deliberately hollow but dressed as adulation. But either way, it’s a phenomenal piece of music – playful, poignant and magisterial, it’s a blockbuster end to the Season. Walton’s lyrically romantic Cello Concerto sets the scene for Shostakovich’s dramatic fireworks.


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