The music of renowned Chinese composer Xia Guan has been received with acclaim in Moscow, Vienna, Tokyo and New York. The solemn first movement of Earth Requiem, a commemoration of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake, is heard here in an orchestral version that depicts ‘the suffering people who gaze upwards’. The epic Symphony No. 2 ‘Hope’ is a reflection upon the co-existence of good and evil in mankind, agony and hope, in music of considerable breadth and increasing warmth. Heroic drama animates the vividly scored Symphonic Ballade, which draws on the music of Guan’s opera Sorrowful Dawn, the story of China’s War of Liberation following the end of World War Two.
A groundbreaking historical contribution, The Devil's Diary is a chilling window into the mind of Adolf Hitler's chief social philosopher, Alfred Rosenberg, who formulated some of the guiding principles behind the Third Reich's genocidal crusade. It also chronicles the thrilling detective hunt for his diary, which disappeared after the Nuremberg Trials and remained lost for almost three quarters of a century, until Robert Wittman a former FBI special agent played an important role in its recovery. This narrative of Rosenberg's diary offers provocative and intimate insights into pivotal moments in the war and the life of a notorious Nazi who laid the philosophical foundations of the Third Reich.