In times of tragedy, composers have always told stories. Stravinsky turned from the carnage of the First World War to create The Song of the Nightingale: a strange, wondrously bejewelled cautionary tale of man and machine.
Edward Elgar retreated to the South Downs to write his last great masterpiece – a haunted Cello Concerto wreathed in autumn woodsmoke. Andreas Brantelid finds the poetry in this most beloved of British classics. And in happier times, Stravinsky’s old teacher Rimsky-Korsakov retold the Thousand and One Nights in music of dazzling colour and unforgettable melody.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Stravinsky: Le chant du rossignol (The Song of the Nightingale)