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BBC Concert Orchestra at Snape Maltings

BBC Concert Orchestra with a festive concert at Snape Maltings, featuring Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet alongside Delius and Humperdinck, plus more Christmas music from Sweden.

BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, in a programme of festive music featuring the ever-popular Overture to Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel & Gretel; a gentle dash through the snow on a Sleigh Ride by Frederick Delius; Gustav Holst’s setting of words by Walt Whitman – The Mystic Trumpeter, with soprano Susan Gritton as soloist; and Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols – The Holly & The Ivy. The main event, though, is music from Act II of Tchaikovsky’s gloriously yule-packed ballet – The Nutcracker.

There’s also a chance to hear Madrid's RTVE Symphony Orchestra again in Bernstein’s suite from his 1954 film score On the Waterfront.

The programme closes with more Christmas music from a concert given in Stockholm by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, including pieces by Alice Tegner, Hugo Alfven, Eriks Esenvalds, Erich Korngold, Jule Styne and Edward Pola…well, it is the most wonderful time of the year, after all…

Presented by Hannah French.

2pm
Humperdinck: Overture – Hansel & Gretel
Delius: Sleigh Ride
Holst: The Mystic Trumpeter
Arnold arr. Christopher Palmer: The Holly & The Ivy (Fantasia on Christmas Carols)
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act II (complete)

Susan Gritton, soprano
BBC Concert Orchestra
Barry Wordsworth, conductor

3.20pm
Bernstein: On the Waterfront - suite

RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Madrid
Christian Lindberg, conductor

3.35pm
Gustav Lazarus Nordqvist: Jul, jul, stralande Jul (Yule, Yule, radiant Yule)
Alice Tegner: Betlehems stjarna (Star of Bethlehem)
Hugo Alfven: Julsang (Christmas Carol)
Eriks Esenvalds: Stars
William Bergsma: Carol on Twelfth Night
Erich Korngold: Introduction from “Der Schneemann”
Jule Styne: Let it snow
Felix Mendelssohn: Weihnachten, Op.79 No.1
John Francis Wade: Dagen ar kommen (Adeste fidelis)
Edward Pola: It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Love Tronner, tenor
Swedish Radio Choir
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano/conductor

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Hansel and Gretel Prelude

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
  • Frederick Delius

    Sleigh Ride

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Mystic Trumpeter

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth. Singer: Susan Gritton.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    The Holly and the Ivy

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Nutcracker Act 2

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    AC Wk 52 Tue Bernstein On the Waterfront - suite

    Orchestra: RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Madrid. Conductor: Christian Lindberg.
  • Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist

    Jul, jul, stralande Jul

    Choir: Radiokören. Conductor: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
  • Alice Tegnér

    Betlehems stjarna

    Performer: Simon Crawford‐Phillips. Choir: Radiokören.
  • Hugo Alfvén

    Julsang

    Choir: Radiokören. Conductor: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
  • Eriks Esenvalds

    Stars

    Choir: Radiokören. Conductor: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
  • William Bergsma

    Carol on Twelfth Night

    Conductor: Simon Crawford‐Phillips. Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Introduction from Der Schneemann

    Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
  • Jule Styne

    Let it Snow

    Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Love Tronner. Conductor: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
  • John Francis Wade

    Dagen ar kommen (Adeste fidelis)

    Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
  • Eddie Pola

    It's the most wonderful time of the year

    Composer: George Wyle. Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.

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