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?
Telemann: Overture in C Wassermusik Hamburger Ebb und Fluth TWV 55 C:3
Bremen Baroque Orchestra
Wolfgang Helbich (director)
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 in C minor
Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)