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The Vivacious Fourth

The intoxicatingly energetic Ivan Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra pair Mahler’s best-loved Symphony – No 4 – with music by Bartok and Enescu. From the 2018 BBC Proms.

The intoxicating energy of their performances makes any appearance by Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra a highlight of the season. In this concert from the 2018 BBC Proms they pair Mahler’s best-loved symphony – No 4, with its jingling sleighbells and child’s-eye vision of heaven – with two works exploring the unusual relationship between strings and percussion: Bartók’s dynamic Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and Enescu’s Prélude à l’unisson, with its slow-build tension. John Shea presents.

12:31 AM
George Enescu (1881-1955)
Suite No 1 in C major Op 9, Prélude à l'unisson
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)

12:38 AM
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Music for strings, percussion and celesta Sz.106
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)

01:09 AM
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Symphony No 4 in G major for soprano and orchestra
Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)

02:07 AM
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Vesperae solennes de confessore K.339, i. Laudate Dominum
Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)

02:10 AM
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Holberg suite Op 40 vers. for string orchestra
Sofia Soloists, Plamen Djourov (conductor)

02:31 AM
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Timon of Athens, the man-hater - incidental music (Z.632)
Lynne Dawson (soprano), Gillian Fisher (soprano), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Paul Elliott (tenor), Michael George (bass), Stephen Varcoe (bass), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

02:52 AM
César Franck (1822-1890)
Prelude, Fugue et Variation Op 18
Velin Iliev (organ)

03:03 AM
Johann Sebastian Bach (1684-1750)
Magnificat in D major (BWV.243)
Antonella Balducci (soprano), Ulrike Clausen (alto), Frieder Lang (tenor), Fulvio Bettini (baritone), Chorus of Swiss-Italian Radio, Ensemble Vanitas Lugano, Diego Fasolis (conductor)

03:30 AM
Gustav Holst (1874-1934), Walsh (arranger)
St Paul's Suite (arr for guitar quartet)
Guitar Trek

03:44 AM
Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Titus Ulrich (author), Eduard Mörike (author), Paul Heyse (author), Wolfgang Muller von Konigswinter (author), Johann Gottfried Kinkel (author)
6 Songs Op 107
Jan Van Elsacker (tenor), Claire Chevallier (fortepiano)

03:55 AM
Alexander Borodin (1833-1887)
In the steppes of central Asia (V sredney Azii) - symphonic poem
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Uri Mayer (conductor)

04:02 AM
Josquin des Prez (c1440 - 1521)
O admirabile commercium for a capella choir
Zefiro Torna

04:06 AM
Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994)
Ten Polish Dances
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Łukasz Borowicz (conductor)

04:20 AM
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Quadro in G minor
Bolette Roed (recorder), Arte dei Suonatori

04:31 AM
Károly Goldmark (1830-1915)
Ein Wintermarchen (Overture)
Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Ervin Lukács (conductor)

04:40 AM
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Three Romances Op 94
Hyong-Sup Kim (oboe), Ja-Eun Ku (piano)

04:52 AM
Pieter van Maldere (1729-1768)
Sinfonia a 4 in F major
Academy of Ancient Music, Filip Bral (conductor)

05:04 AM
Ludomir Różycki (1883-1953)
Stanczyk - Symphonic Scherzo Op 1
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Janusz Przbylski (conductor)

05:14 AM
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Romance in G major for Violin and Orchestra Op 40
Igor Ozim (violin), RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Samo Hubad (conductor)

05:22 AM
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
Manon Act 1: Manon and Des Grieux recit and duet
Lyne Fortin (soprano), Richard Margison (tenor), Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Simon Streatfield (conductor)

05:29 AM
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
La Mer - trois esquisses symphoniques
Orchestre National de France, Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

05:59 AM
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra (K.364) in E flat major
Erik Heide (violin), Magda Stevensson (viola), Danish Radio Chamber Orchestra, Adám Fischer (conductor)

6 hours

Music Played

  • George Enescu

    Suite No 1 in C major Op 9, Prélude à l'unisson

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • GBBBC.
  • Béla Bartók

    Music for strings, percussion and celesta Sz.106

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • GBBBC.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 4 in G major for soprano and orchestra

    Singer: Anna Lucia Richter. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • GBBBC.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Vesperae solennes de confessore K.339, i. Laudate Dominum

    Singer: Anna Lucia Richter. Choir: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • GBBBC.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Holberg suite Op 40 vers. for string orchestra

    Orchestra: Sofia Soloists. Conductor: Plamen Djourov.
    • BGBNR.
  • Henry Purcell

    Timon of Athens, the man-hater - incidental music (Z.632)

    Singer: Lynne Dawson. Singer: Gillian Fisher. Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump. Singer: Paul Elliott. Singer: Stephen Varcoe. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • DEWDR.
  • César Franck

    Prelude, Fugue et Variation Op 18

    Performer: Velin Iliev.
    • BGBNR.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Magnificat in D major (BWV.243)

    Singer: Antonella Balducci. Singer: Ulrike Clausen. Singer: Frieder Lang. Singer: Fulvio Bettini. Choir: Chorus of Swiss-Italian Radio. Ensemble: Ensemble Vanitas Lugano. Conductor: Diego Fasolis.
    • CHSRI.
  • Gustav Holst

    St Paul's Suite (arr for guitar quartet)

    Music Arranger: Walsh. Ensemble: Guitar Trek.
    • AUABC.
  • Robert Schumann

    6 Songs Op 107

    Performer: Claire Chevallier. Author: Titus Ulrich. Author: Eduard Mörike. Author: Paul Heyse. Author: Wolfgang Müller von Königswinter. Author: Johann Gottfried Kinkel. Singer: Jan Van Elsacker.
    • BERTBF.
  • Alexander Borodin

    In the steppes of central Asia (V sredney Azii) - symphonic poem

    Orchestra: Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Uri Mayer.
    • CACBC.
  • Josquin des Prez

    O admirabile commercium for a capella choir

    Ensemble: Zefiro Torna.
    • BEVRT.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Ten Polish Dances

    Orchestra: National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz.
    • PLPR.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Quadro in G minor

    Performer: Bolette Roed. Ensemble: Arte dei Suonatori.
    • DKDR.
  • Karl Goldmark

    Ein Wintermarchen [A winter's tale] (Overture)

    Orchestra: Hungarian Radio Orchestra. Conductor: Ervin Lukács.
    • HUMR.
  • Robert Schumann

    Three Romances Op 94

    Performer: Hyong-Sup Kim. Performer: Ja-Eun Ku.
    • KRKBS.
  • Pieter van Maldere

    Sinfonia a 4 in F major

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Filip Bral.
    • NLNOS.
  • Ludomir Różycki

    Stanczyk - Symphonic Scherzo

    Orchestra: National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Janusz Przbylski.
    • PLPR.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance in G major for Violin and Orchestra Op 40

    Performer: Igor Ozim. Orchestra: Simfonični orkester RTV Slovenija. Conductor: Samo Hubad.
    • SIRTVS.
  • Jules Massenet

    Manon Act 1: Manon and Des Grieux recit and duet

    Singer: Lyne Fortin. Singer: Richard Margison. Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Québec. Conductor: Simon Streatfield.
    • CACBC.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer - trois esquisses symphoniques

    Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • FRSRF.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra (K.364) in E flat major

    Performer: Erik Heide. Performer: Magda Stevensson. Orchestra: Danish Radio Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • DKDR.

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