In this deeply reflective program, the ACO explores the impassioned and transformative music of some of Eastern Europe's most beloved composers: Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Estonia’s Arvo Pärt.
Arvo Pärt is one of the most performed and influential composers writing today. Richard Tognetti and Satu Vänskä will shine in his double concerto for two violins and orchestra, Tabula Rasa, a work that has become a cult favourite amongst music lovers. This will be followed by ten virtuoso violins uniting to perform Prokofiev’s fiendishly challenging Sonata for Solo Violin in D major.
The concert concludes with Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C minor, a string orchestra arrangement of the composer’s famous Eighth String Quartet. This extremely personal and emotive masterpiece leaps from despair to brutal force, before coming to a haunting acceptance, serving as a lament for victims of fascism and war, as well as a vehicle for self-reflection.