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Penny Gore presents music on the theme of nature. Weber: Overture (Der Freischutz). Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn (excerpts). Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony. Dvorak: Symphony No 8.

Presented by Penny Gore. Mahler and Nature. Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth's Magic Horn) is a collection of German folk poetry made in the early nineteenth century, and was a key source of inspiration for Mahler throughout his life, touching on the poems' themes of Nature and Boyhood Wonder, recalling Mahler's own childhood in Bohemia and his own ideas of Nature set against the sophisicated industrial and intellectual background of Hapsburg Vienna. Today Anne Sophie von Otter, Hakan Hagegard and Thomas Hampson sing some of Mahler's settings of poems from Das Knaben Wunderhorn, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Chailly. Interspersed with other "Nature" related pieces - Beethoven's "Pastoral" symphony with it's musical thunderstorm, and Dvorak's 8th Symphony - his sunny evocation of the Bohemian countryside - both performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Weber: Overture to Der Freischutz
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Michal Dworzynski, conductor

Mahler: Selection from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Anne Sophie von Otter, mezzo soprano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F (Op.68) "Pastoral"
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov, conductor

Dvorak: Symphony No.8 in G (Op.88)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Garry Walker, conductor

Mahler: Selection from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Hakan Hagegard, baritone
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly, conductor.

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Mon 4 Oct 2010 14:00

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