Live from the Royal Festival Hall
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
The LPO in a programme of works prefiguring the Second World War by Vaughan Williams and Tippett, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth
Vaughan Williams: Symphony no.4 in F minor
Claire Booth, soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen, mezzo-soprano
Ben Johnson, tenor
Matthew Rose, bass
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor
As Europe sped towards the horrors of the Second World War, Tippett sought to express the suffering of the ordinary man or woman, taking as his models the great passions of Bach but using spirituals rather than hymns.
Vaughan Williams's Fourth Symphony was written without an explicit programme, but it packs a huge punch from start to finish.