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BBC SO, Paul Watkins, Sir Andrew Davis in Finzi and Shostakovich

Live from the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis performs Finzi's Cello Concerto with soloist Paul Watkins and Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony.

Live from the Barbican, the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis performs Finzi's Cello Concerto with soloist Paul Watkins and Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Finzi: Cello Concerto, Op 40

8.05: INTERVAL
Kenneth Leighton: Winter Scenes (1953)
Margaret Fingerhut (piano)

8.25
Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op 93

Paul Watkins (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

Two very different works composed within two years of each other. Gerald Finzi's glorious Cello Concerto, written in 1955 at the request of conductor and cellist John Barbirolli, bursts with turbulent rapture, elegiac strains and melody. It was first broadcast the night before Finzi's death and written with death a constant presence, yet the work has a powerful sense of defiance about it. John Barbirolli wrote to Finzi, 'I felt tears in my eyes in the slow movement; there are only a few moments in music that do that to me'. Paul Watkins, former principal cellist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, is the soloist.
Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony (1953), hailed by many as his symphonic masterpiece, is a veiled portrait of Stalin. Its intensity never fails to make an impression.
Sir Andrew Davis, who headed the BBC SO from 1989 to 2000 makes a welcome return to the orchestra.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Gerald Finzi

    Cello Concerto, Op 40

    Performer: Paul Watkins. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Kenneth Leighton

    Winter Scenes

    Performer: Margaret Fingerhut.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op 93

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Suite No 2 for two pianos, Op 17

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • PHILIPS.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

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