We're listening to the 20th century.
Throughout 2013, the London Philharmonic Orchestra appears as the major orchestral partner in Southbank Centre’s year-long, multi-art-form festival The Rest Is Noise. The festival looks at the key works of the 20th century through a wide lens, taking in the political happenings, social movements, cultural climates and personal stories that gave rise to these inspiring and sometimes controversial pieces of music.
Michael Tippett wrote his secular oratorio A Child of Our Time between 1939 and 1941, in reaction to the events that triggered the horrors of Kristallnacht in Germany in 1938. In this pre-concert talk, writer and broadcaster (and member of the London Philharmonic Choir) Daniel Snowman explores the historical setting as well as the parallels with the great oratorios of Bach. It was recorded before the London Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of the work in May 2013, at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.
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