Christine Rice (Mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Skelton (Tenor)
In the last decade of the nineteenth century, musical Romanticism was breathing its last, reaching heights of passion that would deliver some of the most moving music in history.
Written two years apart, both Arnold Schoenberg and Oskar Fried's responses to a well-known poem on love's power to transform and transcend share a lusciousness and warmth that could only have come from 1890s Vienna. That was the time and place where Schoenberg met his hero, Johannes Brahms and soon decided to rework a Brahms quartet known for its spontaneity, ardour, ebullience and good fun.
Tenor Stuart Skelton makes a welcome return to the BBC SO to perform Lehár's Tone Poem for Tenor & Orchestra with Edward Gardner conducting the Orchestra for his high-cholesterol, heart-rending delve into Romanticism's last stand.
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (orchestral version)
Oskar Fried: Verklärte Nacht, op. 9
Franz Lehár: Fieber
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet no. 1 in G minor, op. 25
The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930, and is passionately committed to performing 20th-century and contemporary music. The orchestra provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, and performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, all of which are broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Highlights in its 2014-15 Season include a complete Nielsen Symphony cycle under the baton of Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, operas by Dalibor and Bartok, and three Total Immersion days.www.bbc.co.uk/symphonyorchestra
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