From the Royal Albert Hall, London. BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda in Schumann, orch Robin Holloway: Reliquary. Mozart: Symphony No 40 in G minor.
BBC PROMS 2010
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Katie Derham
The Romantic spirit of bicentenary composer Schumann hovers above the central works of this concert. His lyrical 'Introduction and Allegro appassionato' - in effect a single-movement piano concerto - is played by Finghin Collins, and Dorothea Röschmann is the soloist in Robin Holloway's illumination of Schumann's last song cycle, which sets poems and prayers by Mary Queen of Scots, written during her incarceration by her cousin Elizabeth I.
Gianandrea Noseda frames these works with two well-known penultimate symphonies - Schubert's tantalisingly 'Unfinished' but nonetheless perfect work, and what is probably Mozart's darkest masterpiece.
Schumann, orch. Robin Holloway: RELIQUARY - Scenes from the life of Mary Queen of Scots enclosing an instrumentation of Robert Schumann's "Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart", Op. 135 (BBC commission: world premiere)
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor
Finghin Collins (piano)
Dorothea Röschmann (soprano)
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).
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