Welsh National Opera Orchestra

Date: 23/11/2017
Venue: Neuadd Dewi Sant / St David's Hall, Caerdydd / Cardiff
Time: 19:30

Welsh National Opera Orchestra - International Concert Series 2017-18

Conductor Tomáš Hanus 

Soloist Tara Erraught, Mezzo-Soprano 

Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)   17' 

Shostakovich Symphony No 7 Leningrad 80'

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.