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BBC Symphony Orchestra - Hovhaness, Andrew Norman, Strauss

Live from the Barbican, Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Hovhaness: Symphony No 2. Andrew Norman: Switch (Colin Currie: percussion). Strauss: An Alpine Symphony.

Live from the Barbican, Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Richard Strauss's An Alpine Symphony. Plus Colin Currie in a new percussion concerto by Andrew Norman.

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 (Mysterious Mountain)
Andrew Norman: Switch for solo percussion and orchestra UK premiere

c. 8.20pm - Interval - Swedish Choral Music with Jan Sandstrom's Song to the Mountain Wind. Plus Peter Sculthorpe's ode to the mountainous terrain of his native Tasmania, and an evocation of the voice that Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly maintained all mountains have.

Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

Colin Currie (percussion)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo leads the ascent of two great orchestral mountains by Hovhaness and Strauss. Mysterious Mountain is one of Alan Hovhaness's best-loved works, a symphony of spiritual transcendence and the perfect foil to Strauss's grandly ambitious alpine adventure.

Dubbed 'the world's finest and most daring percussionist' Colin Currie is the dedicatee of Switch, a new work from the exciting young American composer Andrew Norman.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Alan Hovhaness

    Symphony No 2, 'Mysterious Mountain'

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
  • Andrew Norman

    Switch for percussion and orchestra (UK premiere)

  • Peter Sculthorpe


    Performer: Ananda Sukarlan.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Assai Lento from Nights in the Mountains

    Performer: Gyor Girls' Choir. Conductor: Miklos Szabo. Singer: Eszter Balogh.
  • Richard Strauss

    An Alpine Symphony


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Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


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