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Shostakovich's Symphony No 8

Live at the Barbican Hall, Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In Part 1 - Sebastian Fagerlund's new Water Atlas plus mezzo Karen Cargill in Alma Mahler songs.

Live at the Barbican Hall, Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In Part 1 there's the UK premiere of Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund's Water Atlas, and exquisite songs by Alma Mahler with mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill. Then comes Dmitry Shostakovich's symphonic denunciation of the futility of war. On 4 November 1943, a war-fatigued audience in Moscow heard the first performance of Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony. Unlike its predecessor, this was no rallying cry to arms. It was a masterpiece of despair, grotesquery and anger powered by music both grief-stricken in stillness and hurtling in paranoia. The piece was denounced by the Stalinist regime and banned in 1948.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Sebastian Fagerlund: Water Atlas
(UK premiere; BBC commission)

Alma Mahler: Lieder (arr. Colin & David Matthews and Jorma Panula)
Die stille Stadt (no.1 from 5 Lieder)
In meines Vaters Garten (No.2 from 5 Lieder)
Laue Sommernacht (No.3 from 5 Lieder)
Bei dir ist es traut (No.4 from 5 Lieder)
Leise weht ein erstes Bluhn
Kennst du meine Nachte?

8.10pm
Telemann: Overture in C Wassermusik Hamburger Ebb und Fluth TWV 55 C:3
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
Wolfgang Helbich (director)

8.30pm
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 in C minor

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

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2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Sebastian Fagerlund

    Water Atlas (Uk Premiere)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jukka‐Pekka Saraste.
  • Alma Mahler

    Songs -selection

    Performer: Karen Cargill. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Overture in C Wassermusik - Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth TWV 55:C3

    Orchestra: Bremen Baroque Orchestra. Director: Wolfgang Helbich.
    • CPO.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.8 in C Minor

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jukka‐Pekka Saraste.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Sonata in C major K.303

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Mozart: Violin Sonatas.
    • Hyperion.
    • 014.

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