Penny Gore presents music performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Korngold: Symphony in F sharp, Op 40. Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins. John Adams: Gnarly Buttons.
Penny Gore continues this week of recent performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Erich Korngold and Kurt Weill fled from Nazi Germany within a year of each other in the early 1930s. Eventually, both re-established themselves in the USA - on opposite coasts - Korngold in Hollywood writing for the cinema, Weill in New York writing for Broadway.
Korngold's only symphony was written using fragments of the film score to The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, a Warner Brothers hit in 1939 starring Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins was completed before he made it to the USA, in Paris in 1933, but it is set in the USA. In it, a pair of twins - both called Anna - experience the Seven Deadly Sins as they travel through seven different cities in the USA over a period of seven years. In Weill and Berthold Brecht's hands the satire is what is a sin and what is not ... Storm Large sings the roles of both Annas.
In between, the vocal ensemble "Hudson Shad" - who sing the part of Anna's family in Weill's Seven Deadly Sins - present a collection of satirical songs from stage and cinema.
And as it is John Adams's birthday tomorrow, Penny introduces a performance of his "Gnarly Buttons" with Michael Collins (who gave the premiere) directing the BBC Symphony Orchestra - three movements that include a hoedown with prominent parts for banjo and a cow.
Korngold: Symphony in F sharp, Op 40
Hudson Shad present a collection of songs from stage and screen
Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins (in English)
Storm Large (soprano)
Hudson Shad (vocal quartet)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
James Gaffigan (conductor)
John Adams: Gnarly Buttons
Michael Collins (clarinet/director)
BBC Symphony Orchestra.