BBC NOW - B Tommy Andersson, Strauss, Sibelius
From St David's Hall, Cardiff, BBC NOW/Thomas Sondergard. B Tommy Andersson: The Garden of Delights. Strauss: 4 Last Songs (with Ann Petersen: soprano). Sibelius: Symphony No 2.
Live from St. David's Hall in Cardiff
Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas
Principal conductor Thomas Sondergard opens the new Cardiff season with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Sibelius's Second Symphony, Strauss's Four Last Songs with Danish soprano Ann Petersen and introduces the orchestra's new Composer in Association, B Tommy Andersson.
B Tommy Andersson: The Garden of Delights
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs
8.10 During the interval, Nicola Heywood Thomas talks live to B Tommy Andersson about his composing and his new position with BBC NOW. And she looks forward with Thomas Sondergard to the 2014-15 season, which celebrates the voice from 'The Land of Song'.
Sibelius: Symphony no. 2
Ann Petersen (soprano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (conductor)
Sibelius's Second Symphony, one of his most fiercely nationalistic works, is the highlight of this opening season concert. It's paired with B Tommy Andersson's The Garden of Delights which takes inspiration from a triptych by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, a colourful depiction of life's pleasures in full spectrum. The Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss hint at the composer's foreboding of illness and consequent death, matched with his own climactic creative surge.