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Episode 4

Penny Gore presents the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a performance of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius. Plus music by Alfven and Szymanowski.

Today's Afternoon on 3 features Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius; his choral work describing the journey of a pious man's soul from his deathbed to his judgment before God and then Purgatory. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus were recorded at the Fairfield Halls in London earlier this year. Plus the Nordic and Baltic theme continues with a chance to hear the orchestra in Alfven's tone poem, A Legend of the Skerries. The afternoon ends with another offering from the orchestra's new set of Szymanowski recordings - his Symphony no.1 in F minor.

Presented by Penny Gore

2pm
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius Op.38
Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Skelton (tenor)
David Soar (bass)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor)

c.3.35
Messiaen: Un Sourire for orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Alfven: En Skargardssagen [A Legend of the Skerries] - tone poem Op.20
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ben Gernon (conductor)

c.3.55
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op.15
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 Part 1

    Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Stuart Skelton. Singer: David Soar. Conductor: Andrew Davis.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 Part 2

    Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Singer: Brindley Sherratt. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Stuart Skelton. Conductor: Andrew Davis.
  • Hugo Alfvén

    En Skargardessagen {A legend of the Skerries} tone poem, Op. 20

    Conductor: Ben Gernon. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Un Sourire

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Symphony no. 1 in F minor, op. 15

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

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