BBC SSO - Rameau, Adams, Rebel, Beethoven
Live from City Halls, Glasgow, BBC SSO under Markus Stenz. Rameau: Suite No 1 (Les Indes Galantes). John Adams: Absolute Jest. Rebel: Chaos (Les Elemens). Beethoven: Symphony No 2.
Live from City Halls, Glasgow
Presented by Andrew McGregor
Musical mavericks, and musical humour. This eclectic concert from the City Halls in Glasgow pits Beethoven's most sprightly of Symphonies, his Second, against a recent work by American megastar composer John Adams. Joined by the Doric String Quartet the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra will perform Adams' cheeky take on fragments of Beethoven's music.
And at the helm is a conductor whose musical imagination stretches far and wide. Markus Stenz intersperses these works with two sparkling pieces from more ancient sources: Rameau's Suite No. 1 from his theatrical work 'Les Indes Galantes', and Jean-Féry Rebel's evocative and dramatic overture Chaos from Les Élémens.
Rameau: Suite No. 1 (from 'Les Indes Galantes')
John Adams: Absolute Jest, for String Quartet and Orchestra
8.10 Interval Music
Featuring a chance to hear another example of an American composer's musical irreverence, in Michael Daugherty's cheeky but heartfelt 'Le Tombeau de Liberace', conducted by Markus Stenz and the London Sinfonietta back in 1996.
Rebel: Chaos (from 'Les Élémens')
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Doric String Quartet
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Markus Stenz (conductor).