An extended documentary about the recently-discovered opera by Shostakovich, 'Orango'. It features interviews with Esa-Pekka Salonen, who premièred the work, Gerard McBurney, who orchestrated the work, and Irina Brown, who is directing the Philharmonia Orchestra's semi-staged production and European Première taking place at the Royal Festival Hall in London in May 2013.
As well as learning about how the work surfaced, and its orchestration, we also delve into some of the musical influences surrounding Shostakovich when he wrote the piece. Set against the historical context of the early 1930s, this film lifts the lid on a fascinating period in not only musical history, but the history of the Soviet Union.
For more information on the Philharmonia Orchestra's European Première of Orango, taking place on May 16th 2013, please visit philharmonia.co.uk/orango