- Cello Concerto
- Two Pieces for String Octet
- Chamber Symphony
- Alexey Stadler
- Vladimir Ashkenazy
There’s an abundance of passion and intensity in Vladimir Ashkenazy’s programme. At its heart lies Elgar’s searing Cello Concerto: written in the aftermath of the First World War, it’s a potent elegy for a lost age. Making his UK concerto debut is the astoundingly gifted Russian cellist Alexey Stadler.
Like Shostakovich, Vladimir Ashkenazy experienced at first hand the life of an artist in the Soviet Union. Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is an orchestration of his tragic Eighth Quartet, written at white heat and dedicated to ‘the victims of fascism and war’.
Sibelius’ Rakastava (The Lover) is a real rarity but no less compelling for all that, abounding in brooding atmosphere.