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Mark Elder conducts Britten Sinfonia

Britten's Suite on English Folk Songs, Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer (with mezzo Paula Murrihy) and Brahms's Symphony No 2, live from Saffron Hall, Essex.

Mark Elder and Britten Sinfonia continue their acclaimed Brahms symphonies series with his sunniest symphony, No. 2, which he teasingly described as 'solemn and mournful'. Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) is one of his earliest works which nonetheless already runs the gamut of Mahler's familiar preoccupations, as death and despondency jostle with the manic and joyful, the banal, folk-like and transcendent. The concert begins with Britten's last orchestral work, based one of his life-long preoccupations: folk song.

Presented by Martin Handley, live at Saffron Hall in Essex.

Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes 'A Time There Was'
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

8.20pm
Interval Music (from CD)
Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 76 (Nos. 1 - 6)
Charles Owen (piano)

8.45
Brahms Symphony No.2 in D major

Paula Murrihy (mezzo-soprano)
Britten Sinfonia
Mark Elder (conductor)

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