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The London Philharmonic performs Shostakovich, Vasks and Rachmaninov

The London Philharmonic are conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada in works by Peteris Vasks and Rachmaninov, and are joined by Istvan Vardai in Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto.

The London Philharmonic are conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada in works by Peteris Vasks and Rachmaninov, and joined by Istvan Vardai in Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto.

Presented at the Royal Festival Hall in London by Martin Handley as part of Radio 3's season 'Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture'.

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 1
Peteris Vasks: Dona nobis pacem

8.15pm Interval

Gregorian Chant: Dies irae
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Istvan Vardai (cello)
The Lay Vicars of Westminster Abbey
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andres Orozco-Estrada (conductor)

Dispatches from a dark century: Shostakovich's powerful First Cello Concerto speaks both in whispers and warnings, in a USSR in which Stalin's death was still all too recent. Rachmaninov, exiled from Russia, celebrates all the colours of a virtuoso orchestra - but still sounds a note of sadness and loss. The link is faith. The ancient chants that echo through Rachmaninoff's music form the emotional core of the music of Pēteris Vasks: a priest's son from Latvia, born under Soviet oppression, whose Dona nobis pacem speaks with a quiet but fierce sincerity.

Concert recorded on 25 October 2017.

2 hours, 30 minutes

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