Orchestra of Welsh National Opera: Mahler, Shostakovich
Welsh National Opera Music Director Tomas Hanus conducts Shostakovich's powerful and imposing Leningrad Symphony with the WNO Orchestra.
Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff.
Welsh National Opera Music Director Tomáš Hanus conducts Shostakovich's powerful and imposing Leningrad Symphony with the WNO Orchestra.
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 (Leningrad)
Tara Erraught, mezzo soprano
Orchestra of Welsh National Opera
Tomáš Hanus, conductor
German romanticism and a lyric sensibility rub shoulders in four richly-scored and moving songs by Gustav Mahler. By sharp contrast, Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony resonates with the rhythms of war. The 'Leningrad' became a symbol of Russian defiance when in August 1942 a half-starved and heroic orchestra played it through loudspeakers to the surrounding German forces in one of the deadliest sieges in history.