BBC Symphony Orchestra / Metzmacher

25 May 2013 / 19:30

Tickets £10 – 30

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Wolfgang Rihm Nähe-Fern-1 (UK premiere)
Mahler Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Shostakovich Symphony No 11

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ingo Metzmacher
Johan Reuter baritone

High, gleaming sonorities and a sense of enchantment link Wolfgang Rihm’s new piece with Mahler’s beguiling songs from the magical folktale collection, Des Knaben Wunderhorn, sung by the much sought-after Danish baritone Johan Reuter. Songs of a very different kind permeate Shostakovich’s dramatic 11th Symphony, an almost cinematic evocation of the 1905 Revolution. The composer wove nine popular revolutionary songs into his dramatic portrayal, with its ominous, icy opening and terrifying Bloody Sunday massacre during which 1,000 workers were gunned down. Shostakovich chose the dark-toned violas for his poignant lament for the dead, before a tumultuous finale that whips up an urgent fervour for justice.

Pre-concert talk, 6.00pm, Fountain Room
An introduction to the music in tonight’s concert

Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013 multibuy
Part of All classical music events - 2012–2013 season
Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2012–2013


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