Tchaikovsky: March Slave Op. 31
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor Op. 85 Cara Berridge: Cello
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor Op. 47
Tchaikovsky’s popular March Slave incorporates Serbian and Russian folk songs in an orchestral showcase written during the Serbo-Turkish war. Elgar’s Cello Concerto is a far more intimate work, hinting at personal melancholy as well as mourning for the world he had seen destroyed during the First World War. Shostakovich composed his Fifth Symphony against the very real threat of being purged in Stalin’s Russia; his response is a thrilling and heroic defiance against tyranny.