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Britten Sinfonia, Roderick Williams - Viennese Song

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 17 May 2012

Live from Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The Britten Sinfonia and baritone Roderick Williams present a programme inspired by Viennese Song.

Four of Gustav Mahler's Ruckert lieder lay at the heart of this concert - songs of love, longing and loneliness. Around them is music by Schubert; his songs arranged for orchestra by Anton Webern, some dances and the masterwork that is his 5th Symphony. Webern's own Five Movements complete the programme - brief diamonds of condensed atonality that shocked the world in 1909 when they were written, but works whose heritage is obviously the Viennese tradition epitomised by Schubert and Mahler.

Schubert orch.Webern: 6 German Dances, D.820
Webern: 5 Movements, Op.5 arr. for string orchestra
Schubert arr.Webern: Tränenregen (from Die schöne Müllerin)
Schubert arr.Webern: Der Wegweiser (from Winterreise)
Schubert arr.Webern: Du bist die Ruh, D.776
Schubert arr.Webern: Ihr Bild (from Schwanengesang)
Schubert arr.Webern: Romance (from Rosamunde)

8.05pm Music Interval

Mahler: Ich atmet' einem linden Duft (from Rückert-Lieder)
Mahler: Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder (from Rückert-Lieder)
Mahler: Liebst du um Schonheit (from Rückert-Lieder)
Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (from Rückert-Lieder)
Schubert: Symphony No.5 in B flat

Roderick Williams (baritone)
Britten Sinfonia
Jacqueline Shave (director, violin).


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