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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

8.30 Interval

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

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on a theme by Haydn

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson. Singer: Stuart Jackson.
  • Clara Schumann

    Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann

    Performer: Yoshiko Iwai.
  • Vítězslava Kaprálová

    Variations sur le carillon de l'eglise St-Etienne-du-Mont

    Performer: Giorgio Koukl.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Serenade for wind instruments

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sergej Bolkhovets.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphonic variations

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Domenico Caudioso

    Mandolin Concerto in G major

    Performer: Bonifacio Bianchi. Ensemble: I Solisti Veneti. Conductor: Claudio Scimone.
    • The Magic of the Mandoline - Greatest Concertos. Mandoline and string orchestra.
    • Erato.
    • 16-18.

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