Songs of the Earth
Donald Runnicles and the BBC SSO are joined by Kelley O'Connor and Paul Groves to perform Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde alongside works by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.
Live from City Halls Glasgow
Presented by Tom Redmond
Donald Runnicles and the BBC SSO are joined by Kelley O'Connor and Paul Groves to perform Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, alongside works by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.
Takemitsu: A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden
8.20 Part Two
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Kelley O'Connor (mezzo soprano)
Paul Groves (tenor)
Donald Runnicles (conductor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
"The dear earth everywhere blossoms in spring and grown green", the closing words of Mahler's symphonic song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde. Inspired by a volume of Chinese poetry it sets a meditation of earthly beauty and existential angst amid some of the most imaginative and powerful writing for orchestra from the 20th Century.
And dreams of the natural world haunt the music of Toru Takemitsu. The Japanese composer best known to European audiences: his music is both modern and in touch with the traditions of Japan. The concert opens with 2 of his most characteristic works. 'A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden' is music inspired by a vivid dream in which birds swirl through a garden situated on the head of Marcel Duchamp. This is paired with the composer's terse but haunting 'Requiem' for string orchestra from 1957 - the piece which really rocketed him towards international recognition.
Photo credit: Simon Pauly