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Rearranging for Silent Cinema

Conductor Thomas Kemp and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform music in alternative orchestrations, culminating in Strauss's silent film rearrangement of Der Rosenkavalier.

Thomas Kemp conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a fascinating programme of works which have been adapted for salon forces. Kathryn Rudge joins the orchestra for two works; Strauss's Four Songs, in a reduced version by his contemporary Arnold Wilke, and Schoenberg's Song of the Wood Dove, from his seminal Gurrelieder, reorchestrated for chamber forces by his friend and colleague, Erwin Stein. Before the interval, we move away from Vienna for Alexander Goehr's Broken Lute, a piece based on a traditional Chinese story, which has been reworked for chamber orchestra from a solo violin piece.

After the interval, the programme culminates with Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier Suite, but in a very different form. Strauss rewrote his opera for a silent film version in 1925, scored for a theatre orchestra, and tonight it is in this adapted form that we will hear the Suite of the work.

Strauss, arr Wilke: Four Songs, Op.27
Schoenberg, arr Stein: Lied der Waldtaube (Gurrelieder)
Goehr: Broken Lute, Op 78a

8.20pm
Interval music

8.40pm
Strauss, ed Kemp and Langley: Der Rosenkavalier - Musik zum der Film, Op.59b (Suite)

Followed by music off disc:

Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for viola and piano
Philip Dukes, viola
Sophia Rahman, piano

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

    4 Lieder, Op 27

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Singer: Kathryn Rudge. Conductor: Thomas Kemp.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Lied der Waldtaube (Gurrelieder)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Singer: Kathryn Rudge. Conductor: Thomas Kemp.
  • Alexander Goehr

    Broken lute

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Kemp.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    8 Songs Op 6, No 8 'Der Wanderer'

    Performer: Urs Liska. Singer: Melanie Diener.
    • Capriccio.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Rosen aus dem Suden, Op 38

    Music Arranger: Arnold Schoenberg. Ensemble: Linus Ensemble.
    • CapriccioNR.
  • Richard Strauss

    Der Rosenkavalier, Musik zum der Film, Op.59b (Suite)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Kemp.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Viola Sonata

    Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Sophia Rahman.
    • NAXOS.
  • Cecil Coles

    From the Scottish Highlands

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • HELIOS.

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