The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada, presents dispatches from a dark century at this concert of music inspired by war and peace.
Shostakovich's powerful First Cello Concerto, performed by Istvan Vardai, speaks both in whispers and warnings in a USSR in which Stalin's death was still all too recent.
Rachmaninov, exiled from Russia, celebrates all the colours of a virtuoso orchestra - but still sounds a note of sadness and loss. The link is faith. The ancient chants that echo through Rachmaninov's music form the emotional core of the music of Peteris Vasks: a priest's son from Latvia, born under Soviet oppression, whose Dona nobis pacem speaks with a quiet but fierce sincerity. Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada brings it all into focus.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Andres Orozco-Estrada conductor
Istvan Vardai cello
London Philharmonic Choir
The Lay Vicars of Westminster Abbey
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1
Peteris Vasks: Dona nobis pacem
Gregorian Chant: Dies irae
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
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