BBC Symphony Orchestra
Nathalie Stutzmann conductor
BBC Symphony Chorus
Nathalie Stutzmann makes her BBC Symphony Orchestra podium debut in Tchaikovsky's most emotional symphony, while orchestra and chorus are united for Brahms at his most hushed.
In the combination of choir and orchestra, Brahms found a perfect medium for spellbinding visions of paradise and heartfelt lamentations for lost love. Both are enshrined in the hushed tones of Nänie, Song of the Fates and the Song of Destiny, for which debuting conductor Nathalie Stutzmann marshals the full forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
The atmosphere intensifies with a symphonic drama by a composer who always wore his heart on his sleeve. Tchaikovsky conducted this work's premiere just nine days before his death, the cause of which remains unsolved. Some theories point to suicide (possibly under duress), each connected to different relationships the gay composer was involved in at the time. Whatever the true story, the music is the most emotional symphony Tchaikovsky wrote - a vivid, moving concert hall experience.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra has been at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It plays a central role in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, including performing at the First and Last Night each year. It performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican in London where it is Associate Orchestra. It is committed to contemporary music, demonstrated by a range of premieres each season as well as Total Immersion days devoted to specific composers or themes. Its enviable roster of conductors includes Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska, holder of the Günter Wand Conducting Chair Semyon Bychkov, Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Creative Artist in Association Jules Buckley.www.bbc.co.uk/symphonyorchestra
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