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Shostakovich and the search for freedom under tyranny

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver play the Shostakovich Violin Sonata with an introductory talk by Gerard McBurney.

Valentin Silvestrov- Postlude no 2 for solo violin

Chloë Hanslip

Talk by Gerard McBurney with musical illustrations

-Interval with canapes and sparkling wine

Dmitri Shostakovich- Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 134

Chloë Hanslip, violin and Danny Driver, piano

The violin sonata was written in the later period of Shostakovich’s and in its strangeness and unpredictability speaks eloquently of the delicate task of the artist in a society where freedom of speech was severely restricted and works of art were required by the political authorities to conform to strict ideological requirements. This dense and powerful work will be introduced by the leading expert on Russian music, Gerard McBurney who will talk about how Shostakovich in his later years developed a subtle and profound private language of symbols and mysterious suggestions including references to Bach, to the forms of Western classical composers like Mozart and Beethoven, and the techniques of more recent composers like Stravinsky and Schoenberg, whose music at this time was little known in Soviet Russia.

The relevance of examining artists’ struggles under Soviet rule in light of Putin’s invasion of a sovereign state and his attempts to control the narrative and the whole of Russian society more broadly, has not been lost on us. In recognition of the terrible events that are unfolding and our wish to demonstrate our support for the people of Ukraine, the evening will start with a performance of the Postlude No 2 for solo violin by Valentin Silvestrov, Ukraine’s greatest living composer.

Chloë Hanslip is one of the finest British violinists of her generation and the opportunity to hear her play with her duo partner, Danny Driver, in such intimate surroundings as the recital room at Fairlight Hall will be a rare privilege.

In the interval, there will be complimentary canapes and sparkling wine, to celebrate the launch of Bridgepoint Music, and to welcome new friends and patrons to the charity.



Fairlight Hall
Martineau Lane, Fairlight, TN35 5DR
Fairlight, TN35 5DR GB
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