'This is the symphony that made me become a conductor,' says the Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits of Shostakovich's Eleventh Symphony to BBC Music Magazine
. 'When I was 11 or 12 I had an old LP at home… and I remember I listened a thousand times to that fugato in the middle of the Symphony.'
And now, as Karabits takes up the post of principal conductor at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, here's a chance to hear him in a blistering performance of the piece. Free with our September issue, and exclusive to BBC Music Magazine
, is a performance of Shostakovich's work recorded live at the Lighthouse, Poole, last November.
'Karabits's sense of shape was infallible,' wrote critic Geoffrey Norris in The Telegraph
. 'There was an ineluctable force to the music, whether at full charge or in the softest pianissimos, where the Bournemouth players revealed a finely honed blend of control and sensibility.'
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to find out more.
Audio clip: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 in G minor, Op. 103 – Fourth Movement: The Tocsin