Live from St Magnus Cathedral as part of the St Magnus International Festival, Orkney. Part of Radio 3's WWI season, Music in the Great War.
Presented by Jamie MacDougall
Ives - The Unanswered Question
Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin
Shostakovich - Symphony No 14
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Completing its residency at the St Magnus International Festival in Orkney, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, one of the world's most renowned conductors, directs the BBC SSO in what promises to be an intense and moving event. Ives' iconic and atmospheric work displaces the musicians around the cathedral to pose the "ultimate question of existence" whilst Ravel's dazzling orchestration of his earlier piano work conjures up memories of friends lost in battle in WWI. After the interval in this very apt setting, we hear Shostakovich's powerful, dark and haunting reflections on the subject of death. Soprano Joan Rodgers and Baritone Sergei Leiferkus bring the poetry to life in the music.