Classical music

London Philharmonic Orchestra: Faith from the Shadows

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, presents dispatches from a dark century at this concert of music inspired by war and peace.

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.


London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrés Orozco-Estrada conductor
István Várdai cello
London Philharmonic Choir
The Lay Vicars of Westminster Abbey


Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1
Peteris Vasks: Dona nobis pacem
Gregorian Chant: Dies irae
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

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Royal Festival Hall


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