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Sound, nature and the seasons

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in works by Cage, Beethoven and Bartok.

Cage: The Seasons
Beethoven: Violin Concerto

8.15: Interval

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Julia Fischer, violin
London Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

The cycle of the year, inspired by the composer’s immersion into Indian philosophy, is the backdrop to John Cage’s The Seasons, with each moment, from the austerity of winter to the stirring of spring, conjured up through vivid orchestral colours.

Julia Fischer then joins the orchestra in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, and the concert ends with the Concerto for Orchestra by Bartok, in which every instrument and section shines, resulting in a joyful celebration of music and the collection of individuals that makes up the orchestra.

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • John Cage

    The Seasons - ballet for orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Concerto in D major Op.61 for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Paganini

    Capricio No 2

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Wind Octet in E flat major, Op 103

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Performer: Reiner Wehle. Performer: Diethelm Jonas. Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Performer: Dag Jensen. Performer: Georg Klütsch. Performer: Klaus Lohrer. Performer: Bruno Schneider. Performer: Niklaus Frisch. Ensemble: Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer.
    • Beethoven: Octet etc.: Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble.
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  • Béla Bartók

    Concerto Sz.116 for orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Octet in E flat major Op.103 for wind

    Featured Artist: Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer.

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