BBC Symphony Orchestra - Elgar and Bliss
Live from the Barbican in London, Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Elgar: Enigma Variations. Bliss: The Beatitudes.
Live from the Barbican. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and soloists in Sir Arthur Bliss's cantata The Beatitudes. Plus Elgar's Enigma Variations.
Presented by Ian Skelly.
Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme ('Enigma'), Op.36
c. 8.05pm Interval
Bliss: The Beatitudes
Emily Birsan, soprano
Ben Johnson, tenor
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Sir Arthur Bliss wrote The Beatitudes for the opening of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1961, but at the last minute the premiere was relegated to Coventry Theatre. A powerful work, its dramatic arc reminds us of Bliss's gifts as a film composer. Conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, it's unlikely to be in better hands - as indeed are Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations, his glorious, affectionate and often jocular musical portraits of friends and family.
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