Conductor Andrew Gourlay
Cello Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt
Messiaen Les offrandes oubliées
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1
Shostakovich Symphony No.10
Messiaen’s music is suffused with his mystical Roman Catholic faith.
Les offrandes oubliées centres on an orgiastic ‘race to the abyss’ of sin, but its outer movements are a window onto eternity.
Saint-Saëns’ enchanting concerto is a marvel of delicacy and taste, particularly the exquisite slow movement.
Shostakovich’s monumental, overwhelming symphony is at once a lament for the suffering of the Soviet people under Stalin, and a document of defiance.
Music of exhausted, drained sadness is shockingly set against music of rage and terror, yet hope in the human spirit is never extinguished.
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