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BBC Symphony Orchestra/Wigglesworth

Heaven, Earth and the Human Heart

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

My soul doth magnify the Lord: Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the BBC SO and Chorus in music from four centuries that aims directly at the human heart. 

Deserted by her lover, the beautiful Ariadne pours out her longing and loss. The virgin Mary sings to both heaven and earth in a moment of pure ecstasy. And Robert Schumann, smitten with his young wife Clara, weaves messages of pure love into a symphony inspired by Beethoven. Some say it’s his very greatest. 

But what’s certain is that, as a composer himself, Ryan Wigglesworth brings a creator’s insight to everything he conducts – whether it’s Schumann’s ardent symphony, a reinvention of a classical myth from renaissance Venice, or Wigglesworth’s own gorgeous, typically uninhibited setting of the Magnificat, sung (for the first time in London) by the singer who inspired it, soprano Sophie Bevan, who will work wonders along with the BBC Symphony Chorus.

The concert will finish at approximately 9.20pm, including a 20-minute interval (timings are subject to change)

Produced by BBC Symphony Orchestra

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