Live from the Barbican Centre, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Prokofiev and Bloch, alongside Nielsen's Symphony No 4, known as 'The Inextinguishable'
Nielsen: Symphony No 4, 'The Inextinguishable'
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jian Wang (cello)
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Prokofiev and Bloch's Schelomo for cello and orchestra, alongside Nielsen's Symphony No 4, known as 'The Inextinguishable'.
An invigorating programme explodes into life with Prokofiev's wild Scythian Suite. Ernest Bloch's heart-rending appeal to peace, Schelomo, given voice here by the distinguished Chinese-born cellist Jian Wang, is answered by Carl Nielsen's thrilling Fourth Symphony, 'The Inextinguishable', in which the human spirit battles for a future. As he wrote after the outbreak of the First World War, 'I have an idea for a duel between two sets of timpani, it has to do with war.' It is one of the riveting moments in the symphony, bursting into the finale and developing into a reckless tour de force that resolves into radiant optimism. Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard returns to the helm of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.