From the 2013/14 season’s Truth to Power festival, this all-new program features Prokofiev’s hybrid showcase for the cello, his Symphony-Concerto and Shostakovich’s jaunty Symphony No. 9. Between them is Benjamin Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes: A time there was…, five nostalgia-tinged settings of English loveliness. Finishing the program is another work of Britten’s from the festival, the orchestral interludes and passacaglia from the opera that helped make him famous, Peter Grimes. (Read a synopsis here.) Of this haunting music, a reviewer from the Manchester Guardian wrote in 1945 that the “orchestral score is full of vivid suggestion and action, sometimes rising to a kind of white-hot poetry, resonant of the hates and agonies of the story, and there are outstanding dramatic effects of a purely musical order.”

Prokofiev Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Britten Suite on English Folk Tunes: A time there was…
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
Originally recorded at concerts on May 29 and 30, 2014

Britten Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes
Originally recorded at concerts on May 23, 23 and 24, 2014

This program will be available until Nov. 4, 2017

Program notes for the first three works may be read here, and notes for the Britten works from Peter Grimes can be found here.

Performer Biographies

Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Photo credit: Hans van der Woerd

Alisa Weilerstein appears courtesy of Decca Classics

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