Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Andris Nelsons conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

The world premiere of veteran French composer Betsy Jolas's Bachville, plus the teenage Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor and Robert Schumann's Symphony No 1, 'Spring'.

Georgia Mann presents the second of five concerts this week showcasing highlights from the season around Europe. Andris Nelsons' international career has two fixed points: one in Boston, the other in Leipzig where since 2018 he's been making waves as Kapellmeister at the Gewandhaus Orchestra, one of the world's most distinguished and venerable musical institutions.

In his season opener recorded in September, Nelsons chose repertoire with strong links to Leipzig, beginning with a specially commissioned world premiere by veteran French composer Betsy Jolas. Letters from Bachville is Jolas's playful title for a 14-minute work paying homage both to Bach and the city he worked in for so long. 19th-century Leipzig is the city where Robert Schumann moved to live with his piano teacher Friedrich Wieck who got an unwelcome son-in-law, as well as a pupil. Famous throughout Europe, teenage prodigy Clara Wieck wrote her piano concerto as a vehicle for her unrelenting concert schedule. Robert's 'Spring' symphony brings the concert to a triumphant and joyful close.

Betsy Jolas: Letters from Bachville
Clara Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 7

8.15 Interval music (from CD)
J. S. Bach: Cantata "Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ", BWV 33

Thomanerchor Leipzig
Sächsisches Barockorchester
Julia Sophie Wagner, Sopran
Stefan Kahle, Altus
Wolframm Lattke, Tenor
Tobias Berndt, Bass
Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat, op. 38 ('Spring')

Lauma Skride (piano)
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Followed by:
Nathan James Dearden and the Swansea Philharmonic Choir
Making Music's Adopt a Composer scheme, in association with Sound and Music, paired composer and choir to create a piece of music. Follow Nathan James Dearden and the Swansea Philharmonic Choir behind the scenes in this short feature about their journey together, and hear the piece Nathan wrote for the choir, '3 Postcards'.

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Betsy Jolas

    Letters From Bachville For Orchestra

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
  • Clara Schumann

    Concerto In A Minor Op.7 For Piano And Orchestra

    Performer: Lauma Skride. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
  • Franz Liszt

    (Schumann) Widmung S.566, Transc. For Piano

    Performer: Lauma Skride.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No. 33 Bwv.33 (Allein Zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ)

    Performer: Gotthold Schwarz. Choir: Thomanerchor Leipzig. Orchestra: Sächsisches Barockorchester. Singer: Julia Sophie Wagner. Singer: Stefan Kahle. Singer: Wolfram Lattke. Singer: Tobias Berndt.
    • JS Bach: Cantatas BWV 33, 17, 99.
    • Accentus Music.
    • 1.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony No. 1 In B Flat Major Op.38 (Spring)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
  • Nathan James Dearden

    3 Postcards

    Choir: Swansea Philharmonic Choir. Conductor: Jonathan Rogers.
  • John Luther Adams

    Become Ocean

    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Karelia Suite, Op.11

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.


Featured in...

The women erased from musical history

The women erased from musical history

Discover the music of five forgotten women composers, performed in a special IWD concert.

Three Great British Brass Band Pieces

Three Great British Brass Band Pieces

Music by Malcolm Arnold, Edward Elgar and Herbert Howells.