The percussive crescendo of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony paints a musical picture of Leningrad under siege between 1941 and 1943 - regarded as both the greatest destruction and the largest loss of life ever known in a modern city.
Opening the concert is the blazing triumph of Tchaikovsky's portrait of human victory, the ever-popular 1812 Overture - a work that revels in the 19th-century's heroic view of warfare.
In between is a solemn, mournful lamentation for solo viola and strings from the pen of Benjamin Britten inspired by the song 'If My Complaints Could Passions Move' by Elizabethan composer John Dowland.
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 8XX