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BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No 1

Live at the Barbican Hall. Gergely Madaras conducts the BBC SO in Brett Dean’s Amphitheatre, Judith Weir’s new Oboe Concerto with soloist Daniel Nicholas, & Mahler’s Titan Symphony

Gustav Mahler poured his own life experience into his symphonies beginning with the First. In this work for huge orchestra, we feel both the wonder of nature and the pain of anguish. Still, Mahler uses simple, popular tunes and folksy rhythms to drive his symphony from horror to hope, and eventually to blazing triumph.
Judith Weir’s new Oboe Concerto, performed by Nicholas Daniel, has an autobiographical feel to it, for the Master of the Queens music began her musical life playing this expressive double-reed instrument. And to begin, Brett Dean’s remarkable orchestral depiction of ancient amphitheatres. The BBC Symphony Orchestra welcomes back the Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Brett Dean: Amphitheatre
Judith Weir: Oboe Concerto (London premiere)

8pm
Interval:
Mozart Oboe Quartet, K 370 in F: Nicholas Daniel (oboe) with the Britten Quartet
Judith Weir: Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above
Ora Singers
Suzi Digby (conductor)

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D major

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Gergely Madaras (conductor)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Brett Dean

    Ampitheatre

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gergely Madaras.
  • Judith Weir

    Oboe Concerto

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Oboe Quartet in F K370

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Ensemble: Britten Oboe Quartet.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Judith Weir

    Drop Down, Ye Heavens, from Above

    Choir: ORA Singers. Conductor: Suzi Digby.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.1

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gergely Madaras.
  • Paul Pabst

    Illustrations on themes of the opera "Queen of Spades"

    Performer: Olga Bobrovnikova.
  • Franz von Suppé

    Pique-Dame (Overture)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca.

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