Black Angels: Kopatchinskaja and Jurowski brush with death

Denisov, Berg, Shostakovich: LPO/Jurowski ****

Royal Festival Hall, 22nd February 2017

Heavily shrouded, Death loomed large over Vladimir Jurowski’s latest programme in the Southbank Centre’s “Belief and Beyond Belief” series which explores faith and spirituality. The Grim Reaper swept the aisles of the Royal Festival Hall, merrily wielding his scythe. Three bleak works, each seemingly haunted by ghosts of the past, saw their composers confront mortality. It hardly made the evening a bundle of laughs, although at least, when staring into the abyss, Shostakovich’s black humour offered a typically wry response.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja
© Marco Borggreve

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