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London Philharmonic Orchestra: Faith from the shadows

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 19:30

Dispatches from a dark century: Shostakovich’s powerful First Cello Concerto speaks both in whispers and warnings, in a USSR in which Stalin’s death was still all too recent. Rachmaninoff, 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 Rachmaninoff’s music form the emotional core of the music of Pēteris Vasks: a priest’s son from Latvia, born under Soviet oppression, whose Dona nobis pacem speaks with a quiet but fierce sincerity. Andrés Orozco-Estrada and soloist István Várdai will bring it all into focus.

*In co-operation with the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation.

The Lay Vicars of Westminster Abbey appear by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
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