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Bernstein: Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium'

Charles Hazlewood explores the relationship between Bernstein's Serenade after Plato's 'Symposium' and the source of its inspiration. Performances by Antje Weithaas and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Leonard Bernstein's five movement concerto for violin, strings and percussion is one of his most personal compositions. It was inspired by Plato's discourse on love in all its aspects, the 'Symposium', which was presented in the form of a series of statements by celebrated guests at a banquet. Charles Hazlewood explores the relationship between Bernstein's music and the source of his inspiration. With Performances by Antje Weithaas (violin) and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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  • Leonard Bernstein

    Serenade [after Plato's "The symposium"] for violin, string orch, harp and percussion

    Performers: BBC Concert Orchestra, Antje Weithaas (violin)

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