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Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Wednesday

German and Czech symphonies frame songs by Mahler and Berlioz in ths concert by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra - and at its heart is a poignant wartime score by Martinu.

There are musical references to war in several of the works in today's programme performed by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. There's a symphony by Hindemith that made a statement about artistic freedom in dark times and a poignant musical memorial by Martinu to a Czech village destroyed by the Nazis. Mahler introduces us to a drummer-boy and a sentry-guard - and then, in total contrast, Berlioz dreams of summer nights. The programme ends with Martinu's final symphony, written 'in exile' in the United States - music that alternates dark drama and soaring lyricism. Presented by Katie Derham.

Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Symphony
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor

2.30pm
Mahler: Der Schildwache Nachtlied
Der Tamboursg'sell
Juha Uusitalo, baritone
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor

2.45pm
Martinu: Memorial to Lidice
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor

2.55pm
Berlioz: Les nuits d'été
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tugan Sokhiev, conductor

3.25pm
Martinu: Symphony No.6 (Fantaisies symphoniques)
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jakub Hrusa, conductor.

2 hours

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