BBC Symphony Orchestra / Saraste

3 October 2012 / 19:30

Tickets £10 – 30

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Please note that this concert will now be conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste in place of the originally advertised Neeme Järvi.

Michael Zev Gordon
Bohortha (Seven Pieces for Orchestra)
(BBC commission: world premiere)
Mahler Rückert Lieder
Shostakovich Symphony No 4

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste 
Alice Coote mezzo-soprano

Shostakovich was never closer to the spirit of Mahler than in his phantasmagoric fourth symphony, written and withdrawn during Stalin’s Great Terror. The composer intended it to be his ‘Symphonic Credo’, and it’s a work with an astonishing spectrum of characters and styles, from satire to high tragedy, romanticism to grotesquerie all fuelled with a near-delirious life force. Shostakovich was fascinated by Mahler’s vast orchestra and extended forms, a world away from the transparent orchestration of his mini-psychodramas, the Rückert-Lieder, performed here by one of the UK’s most treasured mezzo-sopranos, Alice Coote. The concert begins with a seven-movement exploration of our awareness of time passing by Michael Zev Gordon. Bohortha is a tiny hamlet on the Cornish coast with no roads from it: in Gordon’s words, ‘a beautiful image of open-endedness’.


Pre-concert talk 6pm, Fountain Room
An introduction to the music in tonight’s concert

This event is part of:
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013 multibuy
All classical music events - 2012–2013 season
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013


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