Parts 3 and 4 of The Symphony - New Nations and New Worlds and Revolution and the Rebirth by Simon Broughton
The symphonies are performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder
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This BBC series presents a radical reappraisal of the place of the symphony in the modern world and explores the surprising way in which it has shaped our history and identity.
In Part 3- New Nations and New Worlds, Simon Russell Beale, our guide, takes us on a musical journey through the rise of nationalism in Europe into the New World. He discovers how national voices such as Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and Sibelius brought the symphony to wider audiences. In Part 4, Revolution and the Rebirth, the guide’s journey takes him into the 20th century, a time when the certainties of empire were falling away, war was looming and the world was changing faster than ever before. This part of the BBC series investigates the extraordinary symphonic world of Shostakovich, the star composer of the new Soviet Union, as well as the work of Ives and Copland who were both, in their different ways, creating a new American sound.