BBC Philharmonic: Messiaen and Shostakovich
The BBC Philharmonic present Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time' and Shostakovich's Fourteenth Symphony in a concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time' and Shostakovich's Fourteenth Symphony are presented in a concert of huge emotional power presented by the BBC Philharmonic.
Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Stuart Flinders
"Time shall be no more". Messiaen uses these words from the Book of Revelation to introduce his extraordinary 'Quartet for the End of Time', written while he was a prisoner of war in Silesia; music of extraordinary faith, hope and colour, created under the harshest of circumstances, with his eyes firmly fixed on the "end of time" in a vision of eternity and everlasting peace. For Shostakovich, writing his Fourteenth Symphony in a period of pain and illness the "end of time" meant something entirely different, for death is the work's subject and he unflinchingly sets almost unbearable poems of brutality, fear and life undervalued - concluding this darkest and sparest of song-symphonies with the works of Rilke, "Death is all-powerful, she ... waits and thirsts and weeps for us."
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
Janacek String Quartet No 1 (Kreutzer Sonata), played by the Smetana Quartet
Shostakovich: Symphony No 14
John Storgards (violin; conductor)
John Bradbury (clarinet)
Peter Dixon (cello)
Martin Roscoe (piano)
Soile Isokoski (soprano)
Stephen Richardson (bass)