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BBC SSO - Ives, Ravel, Shostakovich (part 2)

Live from St Magnus Cathedral, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dasgaard with Kate Valentine (soprano), Sergei Leiferkus (baritone). Shostakovich: Symphony No 14.

Live from St Magnus Cathedral as part of the St Magnus International Festival, Orkney. Part of Radio 3's WWI season, Music in the Great War.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Ives - The Unanswered Question
Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin


Shostakovich - Symphony No 14

Joan Rodgers
Sergei Leiferkus
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard

Completing its residency at the St Magnus International Festival in Orkney, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, one of the world's most renowned conductors, directs the BBC SSO in what promises to be an intense and moving event. Ives' iconic and atmospheric work displaces the musicians around the cathedral to pose the "ultimate question of existence" whilst Ravel's dazzling orchestration of his earlier piano work conjures up memories of friends lost in battle in WWI. After the interval in this very apt setting, we hear Shostakovich's powerful, dark and haunting reflections on the subject of death. Soprano Joan Rodgers and Baritone Sergei Leiferkus bring the poetry to life in the music.

1 hour, 40 minutes

Music Played

  • DEBUSSY Les soirs illumines par l?ardeur de charbon

    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

  • RICHARD STRAUSS An dem Baum Daphne

    BBC Singers, Choir of King?s College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

  • RICHARD STRAUSS Der Abend (op.34 no.1)

    BBC Singers, Stephen Cleobury (conductor)


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Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


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