- Franz Schubert 1797–1828
Symphony No. 8 in B minor, 'Unfinished'
- Hans Werner Henze 1926–2012
Erlkönig - fantasy for orchestra
- Thomas Larcher b.1963
A Padmore Cycle
- John Adams b.1947
Inspired by Schubert
At the heart of this programme lies the music – and inspiration – of Schubert. His spacious, warmly radiant ‘Unfinished’ is often considered the first truly Romantic symphony. Hans Werner Henze responded, like Schubert, to the terror of the evil Elf-king in his balletic Erlkönig fantasy, while Tyrolean composer Thomas Larcher quotes from Schubert’s Das Wandern in his scintillating cycle written for renowned tenor Mark Padmore. We are back in the world of poetry for John Adams’s mesmerising choral work, Harmonium (1980), in which he illuminates and dramatises verse by John Donne and Emily Dickinson on those subjects so close to Schubert: love and death.
BBC SO Plus Intro
6.00pm Fountain Room
A free introduction to the music in tonight’s concert.