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London Philharmonic Orchestra - Grisey, Mahler

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 December 2012

Live from the Royal Festival Hall.

Presented by Martin Handley.

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the LPO in Mahler's 5th Symphony and Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil, a song cycle by Gérard Grisey, with Allison Bell, soprano.

Grisey: Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil

8.00: Interval The distinguished pianist and teacher, Katharina Wolpe plays music by Schoenberg and Schubert.

Mahler Symphony No. 5

Allison Bell, soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

As he began work on his Fifth Symphony, something changed inside Gustav Mahler. Gone was the gentle, singing enchantment that had influenced his first four symphonic works. Suddenly Mahler's orchestra was fighting for life, punching out with declamatory force and declaring a love that was so strong it hurt. Few works have the impact and beauty of the Fifth Symphony, but Gérard Grisey's songs are also special. These meditations on death through poetry from four distinct cultural traditions use techniques to extend the expressive range of conventional harmonies, creating an extraordinary and luminous canvas of sounds.

Music Played

4 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • LPO part 1

    • Image for Gérard Grisey

      Gérard Grisey 4 Chants pour franchir le seuil for soprano and chamber orchestra

      Conductor: Vladimir JUROWSKI Performer: Allison BELL - Soprano Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Interval

    • Image for Arnold Schoenberg

      Arnold Schoenberg 6 Little pieces Op.19 for piano

      Performer: Katharina WOLPE - Piano

      Symposium, 1107, -4

    • Image for Franz Schubert

      Franz Schubert No.1 in C minor from 4 Impromptus D.899, Op.90 for piano

      Performer: Katharina WOLPE - Piano

      Symposium, 1213, -1

  • LPO part 2

    • Image for Gustav Mahler

      Gustav Mahler Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor

      Conductor: Vladimir JUROWSKI Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra


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