Though composed in 1942/3, Gál had to wait until 1948 before the Second Symphony received its first complete performance - in Wiesbaden; UK performances by the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra followed in 1950 and 1951, conducted by Gál’s pupil Rudolf Schwarz. The symphony then remained more or less unheard until being performed (and recorded) recently by the Northern Sinfonia/Thomas Zehetmair, and by the Orchestra of the Swan (Stratford-upon-Avon)/Kenneth Woods.
Writer and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Stephen Johnson will examine the score in detail, before the BBC SSO and Otto Tausk give a complete performance of this rarely heard work.
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