Into the Forest
Afternoon Concert goes Into the Forest for a second time this year. As days shorten & shadows lengthen we explore how the dark, mythical forest has touched composers’ imaginations.
Presented by Kate Molleson
Afternoon Concert goes Into the Forest for a second time this year. As days shorten and shadows lengthen we explore how the dark, mythical forest has touched composers’ imaginations, creating some brooding and heartfelt music. Into the Forest is a year-long theme for Radio 3, as the station explores the enduring and magical influence of the forest on music and the arts.
We begin the week with a concert given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Proms in 2015 featuring Jean Sibelius' Tapiola, a tone poem portraying Tapio, the animated forest spirit mentioned throughout the epic poem saga Kalevala. It's followed by Jon Leifs' mighty Concerto for organ and orchestra, with Stephan Farr as soloist. Next comes Anders Hillborg's Beast sampler, a piece dedicated to Sakari Oramo, who conducts this concert, in which the idea of the orchestra as a beast of sound is explored. The concert finishes with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major. We then travel to the continent for a concert given by the German Symphony Orchestra under David Zinman, starting with Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, with Misha Dichter on the piano, and closing with Bartok's complete ballet 'The Wooden Prince', in which a forest is awakened by a fairy only to disrupt a prince's attempts to lure his lover.
Sibelius: Tapiola - tone poem, Op.112
Jon Leifs: Concerto for organ and orchestra, Op. 7
Anders Hillborg: Beast sampler, for orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony no. 7 in A major, Op.92
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Stephen Farr, organ
Bernstein: Symphony No. 2, ‘The Age of Anxiety’
Bartok: The Wooden Prince (complete ballet)
Misha Dichter, piano
German Symphony Orchestra
David Zinman, conductor