Serenades and variations
John Wilson and the BBC SSO perform variations by Brahms and Dvorak, plus Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Stuart Jackson and Alberto Menéndez Escribano.
Brahms' ever-popular variations on the St Anthony Chorale attribute their theme to Haydn, although contemporary thought casts doubt on this, and the source remains a mystery. Benjamin Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings is an intense enactment of mysterious romantic poetry in music: sung by Stuart Jackson with French Horn counterpoint from the BBC SSO's principal, Alberto Menéndez Escribano.
And the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concludes its concert with music by Dvorak. Up and coming conductor Sergej Bolkhovets joins the orchestra to direct the composer's Serenade for Wind, and John Wilson returns to the podium for a second spin on the theme of themes and variations. Dvorak exploring his own melody, 'I am a fiddler', in an elegant set of Symphonic Variations.
Recorded at City Halls, Glasgow
Presented by Kate Molleson
Brahms: Variations on a Theme By Haydn
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
8.50 Part 2
Dvorak: Serenade for Wind*
Dvorak: Symphonic Variations
Stuart Jackson (tenor)
Alberto Menéndez Escribano (horn)
John Wilson (conductor)
Sergej Bolkhovets (conductor)*
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra