BBC NOW - Philippe Manoury, Shostakovich, Debussy
Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff
Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas
The orchestra's Associate Guest Conductor Francois-Xavier Roth brings two works composed in France at either end of the twentieth century. Between them British violinist Daniel Hope performs one of Shostakovich's most enigmatic concertos.
The title of Philippe Manoury's Sound and Fury references Shakespeare's Macbeth, by way of William Faulkner's 1929 novel, and the composer describes the work as "studied violence". Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto was composed in the tense atmosphere of post-war Russia, and was kept under wraps until after Stalin's death. Soloist Daniel Hope has recorded the work with the composer's son Maxim and his playing has been compared to that of David Oistrakh, who premiered the concerto in 1955. Debussy's symphonic triptych Images, comprising Gigue, Iberia and Rondes de Printemps, draws upon the folk music of England, France and Spain. It is painted in the composer's unmistakable orchestral colours.
Philippe Manoury: Sound and Fury
7.55 Interval Music
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No 1
Daniel Hope (violin)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor).