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Episode 4

Ian Skelly concludes a week of concerts from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's recent visit to the St Magnus International Festival in Orkney with an overture by Mendelssohn, songs by Berg, a saga by Sibelius and two tales of tragic love - Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, and music from Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde, with acclaimed dramatic soprano Christine Brewer. After a UK premiere from German composer Wolfgang Rihm, the tragedy continues in Britten's setting of Victor Hugo's text as Susan Gritton takes the role of a dying mother who sings of her heartbreak as her five year old child plays, ignorant of her plight. Radio 3 New Generation Artist Leonard Elschenbroich concludes the programme with Elgar's elegiac Cello Concerto, written at the end of the First World War.

Mendelssohn: Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream
Berg: Seven Early Songs
Christine Brewer (soprano),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor).

2.25pm
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet - Fantasy Overture
2.45pm
Sibelius: En Saga
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor).

3.05pm
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan & Isolde
Christine Brewer (soprano),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Alexander Vedernikov (conductor).

3.25pm
Rihm: NÃhe-Fern-1 (UK premiere)
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Ingo Metzmacher (conductor).

3.35pm
Britten: 4 Chansons francaises
Susan Gritton (soprano),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
Edward Gardner (conductor).

3.50pm
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
John Storgards (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 5 Jul 2013 14:00
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