Though a largely tuneful and upbeat work, its more meditative and anguished moments are perhaps coloured by Poulenc's personal experience of the loss of friends.
He had lived through the German occupation of Paris, and the ordeals he went through turned him back to his Catholic faith.
Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, his last major orchestral work, was written in the USA in 1940 while war raged in Europe.
It uses a large orchestra to full and brilliant effect, but like many of his later compositions also reveals a yearning for his native Russia, itself to be invaded within months.
RepertoireVaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
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