Inspired pairing in concert

Kirill Karabits

Kirill Karabits

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Portsmouth Guildhall will host an enterprising and carefully-considered piece of concert programming next Thursday (7.30pm).

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor Kirill Karabits, pictured, have paired Beethoven’s second symphony with Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin’s 2008 work called Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament.

It is inspired by a letter Beethoven wrote at Heiligenstadt n 1802, conveying his despair at his deafness. Yet his lyrical and energetic second symphony was composed around the same time.

The letter became known as The Heiligenstadt Testament.

Shchedrin gave his work the motto Through Darkness to Light, and it was enthusiastically received at its premiere in 2008.

The other two items in the BSO concert are also well-matched.

Prokofiev’s first symphony, known as the Classical, mixes his own 20th century harmonies and angularities with stylistic echoes of Haydn and Mozart.

Then comes Mozart’s own Piano Concerto No 17, with acclaimed German Martin Helmchen as soloist.

Tickets: (023) 9282 4355 or portsmouthguildhall.co.uk.

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