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Prom 52 - London Symphony Orchestra archivePart of the BBC Proms. Valery Gergiev returns at the helm of the LSO to conduct the most devastatingly bleak of Shostakovich's three 'war symphonies'. Composed at the time of the Battle of Stalingrad, the Eighth is paired with the belated UK premiere of Schnittke's early, Orff-influenced oratorio, an agonised expression of solidarity with the victims of the second atomic bomb, dropped on the city of Nagasaki the day before Japan's surrender. Heavily criticised by the Soviet Composers' Union, it only received its 1959 broadcast premiere (on Moscow World Service Radio) after Shostakovich's recommendation, and was not publicly performed until 2006. Approx finish time: 21:45. Broadcast Live on BBC Radio 3.
Performers Elena Zhidkova (mezzo-soprano).
Company London Symphony Chorus. Company London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Valery Gergiev.

Prom 52 - London Symphony Orchestra

Prom 52 - London Symphony Orchestra (Concert) production archive for QTIX code T1261096646. Details of all Prom 52 - London Symphony Orchestra archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S5983

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24 Aug 09The Royal Albert Hall
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