BBC Symphony Orchestra
15 May 2015, Barbican, London
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BBC SO 2014-15 Season Sir Andrew Davis conducts Bliss

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conducts Bliss
Fri 15 May 2015 Barbican Hall
Berlioz and Arthur Bliss reflect on violence and its aftermath across the centuries.
Berlioz and Arthur Bliss reflect on violence and its aftermath across the centuries.

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From Berlioz’s bellicose Royal Hunt to Arthur Bliss’s choral symphony, a response to the horrors of the First World War, this blazing programme delves into violence and its aftermath across the centuries.

We are joined by foremost mezzo Sarah Connolly for Berlioz’s coruscating cantata on the death of Cleopatra. Connolly is ideally suited to take on this powerful operatic scene, in which the anguished Egyptian queen reflects on her legacy before her fatal poisoning. In Morning Heroes Bliss honoured the sacrifice of all soldiers, recalling the Trojan wars, the American Civil War and the Great War in which his own younger brother died.

BBC SO Plus Intro
6.00pm Fountain Room
A free introduction to the music in tonight’s concert presented by Andrew Burn.

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