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BBC SO/Jiri Belohlavek - Martinu Symphony No 1

The opening concert of the BBC SO's 2009-10 season, with chief conductor Jiri Belohlavek, features Martinu's Symphony No 1, marking the 50th anniversary of the composer's death.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The opening concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's 2009-10 season, with chief conductor Jiri Belohlavek, is the first concert in a series devoted to Martinu's six symphonies, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the composer's death. Martinu's First Symphony, a work conceived in exile from Nazi-dominated Europe, is preceded by Mozart's Symphony No 29 in A and bass-baritone Gerald Finley singing Mahler's Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, plus Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death.

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

Mozart: Symphony No 29 in A, K201
Mahler: Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death
Martinu: Symphony No 1

Followed by part of a series of lesser-known works by Mendelssohn, one of Radio 3's Composers of the Year in 2009.

Mendelssohn: String Quintet No 2 in B, Op 87
Christian Tetzlaff, Isabelle Faust (violins)
Hartmut Rohde, Stefan Fehlandt (violas)
Gustav Rivinius (cello).

2 hours, 15 minutes

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