Prokofiev Scythian Suite Bloch Schelomo Nielsen Symphony No 4 The Inextinguishable
BBC Symphony Orchestra Thomas Dausgaard conductor Jian Wang cello
An invigorating programme explodes into life with Prokofiev’s wild ScythianSuite. Ernst Bloch’s heart-rending appeal to peace, Schelomo, given voice here by the distinguished soloist Jian Wang, is answered by Carl Nielsen’s thrilling Fourth Symphony, ‘The Inextinguishable’, in which the human spirit battles for a future. As he wrote, after the outbreak of the First World War, ‘I have an idea for a duel between two sets of timpani, it has to do with war.’ It’s one of the most riveting moments in the symphony, bursting into the finale and developing into a reckless tour de force that resolves into radiant optimism.
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