FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY: Orchestra of Welsh National Opera: Mahler, Shostakovich

  • Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff.
  • Welsh National Opera Music Director Tomáš Hanus conducts Shostakovich's powerful and imposing Leningrad Symphony with the WNO Orchestra.

Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
8.05: Interval
Shostakovich: Symphony No 7 (Leningrad)

Tara Erraught, mezzo soprano
Orchestra of Welsh National Opera
Tomáš Hanus, conductor

German romanticism and a lyric sensibility rub shoulders in four richly-scored and moving songs by Gustav Mahler. By sharp contrast, Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony resonates with the rhythms of war. The 'Leningrad' became a symbol of Russian defiance when in August 1942 a half-starved and heroic orchestra played it through loudspeakers to the surrounding German forces in one of the deadliest sieges in history.

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