The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes and Vladimir Jurowski team up for a concert of passionate music by Stravinsky, Debussy and Shostakovich.
By the outbreak of the Second World War, Stravinsky was a musical omnivore – and as he started a new life under the Californian sunshine in 1940, everything he touched came out bright, provocative and sparkling new.
Vladimir Jurowski opens the the programme with Stravinsky’s brilliant deconstruction of the Classical symphony and then takes time to tango, before Leif Ove Andsnes breathes fresh life into Debussy’s blissful early Fantaisie.
Meanwhile, back in the USSR, Dmitri Shostakovich confronted an altogether bleaker reality. His extraordinary Sixth Symphony, written on the eve of the conflict, is a compelling, sometimes terrifying collision between pitch-black sorrow and sheer, uproarious farce.
The concert is being broadcast live by Radio 3 on Radio 3 in Concert and is available for 30 days thereafter via the Radio 3 website and the BBC iPlayer Radio app.