London Symphony Orchestra - Brahms, Szymanowski
Live from the Barbican Centre, London, Valery Gergiev guides the LSO through Brahms' vibrant 3rd Symphony and the oriental intoxication of Szymanowski's Song of the Night.
Presented by Martin Handley
Brahms: Symphony No 3 in F
Interval at approximately 8.15
Piano music by Karel Szymanowski and those he admired
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Szymanowski: Symphony No 3 ('Song of the Night')
Toby Spence (tenor)
London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor)
The LSO's mercurial Principal Conductor continues his exploration of the music of Brahms and Szymanowski with the two composers' third symphonies. At the time he wrote his Third Symphony the fifty year old Brahms declared himself, "Free but Happy." Szymanowski found his own escape in the heady poetry of the 13th-century Persian mystic Jalal ud-Din Rumi, which celebrates the exquisite beauty of the Eastern night. With its sensual mysticism, its echoes of Wagner, Richard Strauss, Scriabin and Szymanowski's compatriot, Chopin, this richly woven musical tapestry has gained something of a cult following in recent years.