Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts an all-Russian programme culminating in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4, a piece the composer himself referred to as "a sort of credo of my work as an artist". However, as Shostakovich was writing the symphony, vicious attacks on his work appeared in the Communist Party newspaper, Pravda, in an article entitled "Muddle Instead of Music" which denounced his newly completed opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk of as “coarse, primitive, and vulgar”. This caused Shostakovich to withdraw the symphony from its planned première in 1936, meaning that the work did not receive its first public outing until 1961. Alongside, Mussorgsky drew on the inspiration of Russian legends and literature for his Night on The Bare Mountain, which conjures the revels of a witches' sabbath on St John's Night.