BBC CO - Glazunov, Elgar, Bennett, Bax, Lehar, J Strauss II
Live from The Colosseum, Watford
The BBC Concert Orchestra and their Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth combine with the ladies of the New London Chamber Choir for a concert of seasonal music.
Glazunov: Winter from "The Seasons"
Elgar: The Snow
R R Bennett: Four American Carols
Bax: Christmas Eve (revised version, c.1921)
8.10 Interval Music
Lehar: Gold and Silver Waltz
Johann Strauss II: Champagne Polka
Rimsky Korsakov: The Snow Maiden Suite
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (end of Act 1)
New London Chamber Choir
BBC Concert Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Russian ballet music starts and ends this concert of music for the season of Christmas and the New Year, and in between we pay a toe-tapping visit to a grand 19th-century Viennese Ball with a classic waltz and a polka from the pen of Strauss and Lehar. Plus a chance to hear Richard Rodney Bennett's Four American Carols - typically touching and beautiful choral settings from this most masterly and versatile of English composers, which include his alternative tune for Away in a Manger.
After the concert: Llyr Williams plays Wagner's piano music.