BBC Philharmonic - Schoenberg and Mahler
Rafael Payare conducts the BBC Philharmonic in two of the groundbreaking works that heralded the 20th century: Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht and Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
Rafael Payare conducts the BBC Philharmonic in two of the ground-breaking works which heralded the twentieth century: Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
8.00pm Music Interval
Mahler: Symphony No.5
Rafael Payare (conductor)
Charismatic Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare makes his debut with the BBC Philharmonic in two iconic works which mark the dawn of the twentieth century. Verklärte Nacht, Schoenberg's early string sextet which he later arranged for full string orchestra, takes as its inspiration Dehmel's powerful and poignant poem of the same name. It is one of Schoenberg's most accessible works; nevertheless, it caused consternation at its first performance in 1899. Schoenberg's harmonic world, even before his steps into twelve-note composition, baffled and incensed many, and others took offence at the liberal subject matter. Mahler's epic Fifth Symphony with its famous Adagietto was written just afterwards, during the summers of 1901 and 1902, around the time he met and married Alma Schindler. Like Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, this music takes us from sorrow to redemption, mourning to triumph.
Followed by music by past recipients of the Women Make Music Fund from PRS Foundation - in anticipation of International Women's Day tomorrow.