War and Beauty: Shostakovich, Haydn and Pärt - Britten Sinfonia

War and Beauty: Shostakovich, Haydn and Pärt

28 Feb 2015

Shostakovich arr Barshai

Chamber Symphony

Arvo Pärt

Berliner Messe


Nelson Mass


Stephen Layton and Polyphony join forces with Britten Sinfonia and top soloists for a performance of Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass also known as the ‘Mass in the Time of War’. The theme of music composed in response to war continues through this programme with Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, an arrangement of his String Quartet No. 8, written in reaction to the destruction he witnessed during a trip to Dresden in 1960.

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