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Interviews
11 Nov 2020

Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley (19 min.)

In October 2020, Kirill Petrenko performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time. Shortly afterwards, due to the pandemic restrictions, the composer’s Eighth Symphony was broadcast in the Digital Concert Hall. From the point of view of the Soviet cultural bureaucracy, the work, which is ambivalent in its expression and was composed at the time of the Second World War, lacked the required optimism. For this reason, the symphony was not allowed to be performed between 1948 and 1956. In an interview with 1st concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, Kirill Petrenko explains the structure of the composition and reveals why ultimately it does not leave the listener without hope.

The concert