BBC SO and Singers - Respighi, Brett Dean, Strauss
Live from the Barbican, BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers under Josep Pons. Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano. Brett Dean: The Annunciation. Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.
Live from the Barbican Hall
Presented by Martin Handley
The BBC Symphony Orchestra in Strauss and Respighi. The BBC Singers join for the UK premiere of The Annunciation - Brett Dean's depiction of the journey of the Three Kings. Josep Pons conducts.
Brett Dean is the BBC Symphony Orchestra's new Artist in Association. The Annunciation - a commission to celebrate the 800th Birthday of Bach's own Thomanerchor (St Thomas' Choir) of Leipzig in 2012 - is a Christmas work which uses the story of the Three Kings as both vehicle and metaphor for a journey from darkness into light.
Respighi's intimate evocation of Botticelli's art includes 'The Adoration of the Magi'. Plus Richard Strauss's effervescent take on MoliÃre's satire 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme'.
Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano
Brett Dean: The Annunciation (UK Premiere)
8.20pm Remaining with the Thomanerchor, Leipzig, who commissioned Brett Dean's The Annunciation to celebrate their 800th Anniversary, we hear them perform Bach's own Cantata, his Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61, conducted here by Georg Christoph Biller.
Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Josep Pons (conductor).