Shostakovich’s powerful First Cello Concerto, performed by István Várdai, speaks both in whispers and warnings in a USSR in which Stalin’s death was still all too recent.
Rachmaninov, exiled from Russia, celebrates all the colours of a virtuoso orchestra – but still sounds a note of sadness and loss. The link is faith. The ancient chants that echo through Rachmaninov’s music form the emotional core of the music of Peteris Vasks: a priest’s son from Latvia, born under Soviet oppression, whose Dona nobis pacem speaks with a quiet but fierce sincerity. Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada brings it all into focus.
Part of Belief and Beyond Belief festival
The concert is being recorded by Radio 3 for broadcast on Radio 3 in Concert on Mon 6 Nov 2017, and is available for 30 days thereafter via the Radio 3 website and the BBC iPlayer Radio app.
PerformersLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
RepertoireShostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1
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