A revolution of inner life, a rebellion in the emotions of the people – this is what Shostakovich made audible in his music during the many years of persecution and repression under the Stalin regime. Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and pianist Alexander Lonquich juxtapose the Shostakovich sonatas with related music by Alban Berg, Benjamin Britten, and Mieczysław Weinberg, who fled Poland from the Nazis only to be arrested in the Soviet Union because of a supposed Jewish conspiracy.
6:00 pm: Reading and panel discussion in cooperation with ELit Literaturehouse Europe:
Die letzte Satire. Revolutionen und Umstürze [The Last Satire. Revolutions and Upheaval]
The Ukrainian author Andrey Yuryevich Kurkov in conversation with the Austrian journalist and historian Wolfgang Kos.