Not often heard in London and described as the most 'European' of the great Russian orchestras due to their refined sound, the Russian National Orchestra under guest conductor Jurowski, take on two powerful symphonies born out of the Second World War.
Vaughan Williams' richly melodic work belies its composer's pastoral tendencies with music that cries out in violence and desperation. Whereas Prokofiev's war response created his most compelling, heroic orchestral work, a piece he said at the time was intended as 'a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit'.
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 8XX