Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Roslavets, Ravel, Shostakovich
Live from the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Ilan Volkov. Roslavets: In the Hours of the New Moon. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G. Shostakovich: Symphony No 5.
Ilan Volkov conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra live at the Royal Festival Hall in a programme including music by two composers who suffered under the Soviet regime. From the pre-Soviet 20th century comes Nikolay Roslavets's short, sinister symphonic poem In the Hours of the New Moon, one of his earliest existing works; 'A Soviet Artist's Response to Justified Criticism' was how Dimitri Shostakovich described his 5th symphony. The symphony premiered in 1937, at the height of Stalin's purges, and the recently denounced Shostakovich apparently appeased the authorities, but it has long been thought to contain anti-Stalin messages and personal defiance. Maurice Ravel's jazz age piano concerto, urbane and angst-free, played by Ingrid Fliter completes the bill. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
Roslavets: In the Hours of the New Moon
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
8.10pm Interval music choral and chamber music by Shostkovich's contemporary, Vissarion Shebalin, a composer whom Shotakovich described as the best composition teacher in the Soviet Union.
Shostakovich: Symphony No.5
Ingrid Fliter (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor).