Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Thomas Larcher's Alle Tage
Karina Canellakis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Thomas Larcher's song-symphony, with baritone Thomas Oliemans, and Beethoven's sunny Seventh. Live from the Barbican Hall.
Karina Canellakis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Thomas Larcher's song-symphony, with baritone Thomas Oliemans, and Beethoven's sunny Seventh.
Live at the Barbican Hall
Presented by Martin Handley
Thomas Larcher: Alle Tage (UK Premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92
Thomas Oliemans (baritone)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Karina Canellakis (conductor)
Karina Canellakis made an exciting debut with the BBCSO at the 2017 BBC Proms and returned last year to equal acclaim. Her direction was praised for 'its muscularity and spirit, with not a shred of needless flamboyance. Clarity is her hallmark' and her Beethoven 'was described as 'explosive and making you sit up'.
Tonight her affinity with Beethoven's music will be on display again in the composer's dance-infused Seventh Symphony, written when, plagued by the onset of deafness, he was convalescing in the spa town of Teplitz. Getting away from it all is also key to the contemporary Austrian composer Thomas Larcher, who grew up in the seclusion of the Alps. First up in the concert is the UK premiere of his Alle Tage, 'All Days', a song-symphony for baritone which sets words by Ingeborg Bachmann, who as a teenager lived under the Nazis. Alle Tage contemplates – through images as far ranging as the Great Bear constellation to perpetual warfare – human displacement and the search for identity. Larcher's original and hypnotic music led The Times recently to describe him as “…one of this century’s wonders”, whose music combines shimmering lyricism with motoric rhythmic thrust.