Rafael Payare and Shostakovich’s Awe-Inspiring Symphony No. 8

Maison symphonique From March 6 To 10, 2024

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While the influence of Viennese Classicism is certainly palpable in Beethoven’s First Symphony, its fiery score teems with ground-breaking ideas like the seeds of a style that would assert itself ever more vigorously over the years. The driving force of Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony is something else entirely: brutal, dreadful, ruthless, a striking work summoning the devastating drama of wartime, with irony emerging as a response to suffering.

BEETHOVEN, Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21 (26 min.)
SHOSTAKOVICH, Symphony no. 8 in C minor, op. 65 (61 min.)


  • Venue : Maison symphonique
  • Producer / Presenter : Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)
  • Pre-concert talk at 1:30 PM : a concert talk will take place before the March 10 concert. All ticket holders are welcome! (duration: 30 minutes)
  • Conductor : Rafael Payare
  • Presented by : PCC (March 7 concert)
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