London Philharmonic and Russian National Orchestra: War and Peace - Concert Three

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of works by Tchaikovsky, Britten and Shostakovich with soloist Lawrence Power (Viola)
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Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893), 1812 Festival overture in E flat major, Op.49
Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976), Lachrymae: Reflections on a Song of John Dowland, Op.48 (arr. for viola and strings)
Shostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975), Symphony no. 7 in C major, "Leningrad" Op.60
Russian National Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor
Lawrence Power, Viola
An immense evening for orchestra lovers - the first opportunity to hear the Russian National Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra combine forces in the climax of Vladimir Jurowski's exploration of British and Russian composers.

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 Hall

Belvedere Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 8XX