Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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.