26/03/2014 St Giles' Cripplegate, London

BBC Singers 2013-14 Season Shostakovich, Stalin and Soviet Russia Shostakovich, Stalin and Soviet Russia

Shostakovich, Stalin and Soviet Russia

Air a chluich

  • Dmitri Shostakovich 1906–1975
  • Two Russian Folksong Arrangements op 104
  • Georgy Sviridov 1915–1998
  • 3 Choruses from Tolstoy's Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich
  • Sergei Rachmaninov 1873–1943
  • Bogoroditse devo
  • Николай Николаевич Сидельников 1930–1992
  • Song of the Brigands
  • The Last Cry of the Garmoshka from Sokrovennï razgovorï
  • Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov 1877–1944
  • Cherubic Hymn
  • Aleksandr Grechaninov 1864–1956
  • Gladsome light
  • Evening Bells
  • Николай Николаевич Кедров 1871–1940
  • Little Lark
  • Our Father
  • Николай Семёнович Голованов 1891–1953
  • A Mercy of Peace
  • Александр Дмитриевич Кастальский 1856–1926
  • Gladsome light

Concert Information

Taking as its starting-point Shostakovich's much-quoted manifesto of his Fifth Symphony as ‘a Soviet artist's creative response to justified criticism' this Singers at Six concert explores choral music from the period both by composers who stayed in Soviet Russia and learnt to survive under the system, as well as those who chose to leave and take their chance abroad. Music by Sviridov, Grechaninov, Chesnokov, Kastalsky and others - a chance to hear some gems from a little-known corner of the choral repertoire.

This early-evening concert precedes the Sibelius, Shostakovich and Esa-Pekka Salonen BBC Symphony Orchestra concert in the Barbican Hall on the same evening.

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