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BBC SO - Herrmann, Schoenberg, Gershwin, Bartok

The BBC SO under James Gaffigan with Kirill Gerstein (piano). Herrmann: Suite (Psycho). Schoenberg: Piano Concerto. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue. Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin.

Live from the Barbican Hall
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The BBC Symphony Orchestra goes to Hollywood: Kirill Gerstein joins for Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Schoenberg's Piano Concerto. And there's Bartok's The Miraculous Mandarin. The American James Gaffigan conducts.

The concert begins with Bernard Herrmann's Suite of his memorable music for the film Psycho - scored just for strings.

Gershwin and Schoenberg became neighbours in Los Angeles in 1936: Kirill Gerstein, known for his dazzling virtuosity and interest in jazz improvisation, plays works by both of them.

And Bartok's glittering ballet The Miraculous Mandarin tells the tale of the mysterious Mandarin and his fatal attraction to a young woman.

Herrmann: Suite from Psycho
Schoenberg: Piano Concerto Op.42

8.15 Interval:
Interval: Choral music by Bartok and Kodaly, performed by the BBC Singers.
In Kodaly's Matrai kepel the outlaw Vidróczki's disguise as a swineherd fails to save him from a violent death. In the first of Bartok's four Slovak songs a daughter's protests at being exiled to another country by her mother in order to marry a less than savoury character.

Kodaly: Matrai kepek (Matra picture)
BBC Singers / Bob Chilcott (conductor)

Bartok: Four Slovak Folk Songs, Sz. 70
BBC Singers / Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin (complete ballet)

Kirill Gerstein (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Wagner

    Zurich Waltzes

  • Part 1

    • Hermann

      Psycho: A Narrative for Orchestra

    • Schoenberg

      Piano Concerto

  • Interval

    • Zoltán Kodály

      Matrai Kepek (Pictures of Matra)

      Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Bob Chilcott.
    • Béla Bartók

      Hej, de Sokszor Magbantottal from Szekely Songs, Sz. 99

      Choir: Male Chorus of the Hungarian People's Army. Conductor: Zoltan Vasarhelyi.
    • George Gershwin

      'So am I' from Lady, Be Good!

  • Part 2

    • George Gershwin

      Rhapsody in Blue

    • Béla Bartók

      THe Miraculous Mandarin

  • Post concert

    • Richard Wagner

      Wesendonck Lieder

      Conductor: Donald Runnicles. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Jane Eaglen.
    • Wagner

      Zurich Waltzes


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