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BBC SSO - Britten, Mahler

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 20 September 2013

Live from Perth Concert Hall
Presented by Jamie MacDougall

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles are joined by Thomas Hampson to
perform Mahler Songs, and the orchestra play Mahler's Fifth Symphony.

Britten: Overture, The Building of the House
Mahler: Songs

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Thomas Hampson (baritone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles (conductor)

The BBC Scottish Symphony and Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles launch their 2013/2014 season with a concert celebrating the music of Gustav Mahler.
The concert opens with music by a composer who took great inspiration from that Austrian master: Benjamin Britten. In his centenary year, the orchestra perform his sparkling 'Overture: The Building of the House.'
The internationally renowned baritone Thomas Hampson joins the orchestra to perform a selection of Mahler's songs from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' and 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen'. Mahler's epic Fifth Symphony -from the turn of the 20th Century- concludes the concert. Described by Benjamin Britten as music to 'revel' in, this mighty work journeys over 75 minutes from an ominous funeral march to a breath-taking finale, by way of the 'Adagietto'. Written as an expression of love to Alma Schindler, whom he was shortly to marry, it is possibly Mahler's most famous musical work.


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