SIBELIUS Scene with Cranes
STRAUSS Four Last Songs
MAHLER Symphony No. 1
Tom Seligman – conductor
April Fredrick – soprano
To conduct great works by Finnish and German composers, we welcome versatile and talented conductor Tom Seligman and acclaimed American soprano April Fredrick for a performance of Richard Strauss’ sublime Four Last Songs. Written at the end of a long and successful career, this, the composer’s swansong, is a work of breathtaking beauty and serenity.
The misty and mysterious Scene with Cranes, unusually scored for two clarinets, timpani and strings, was taken from the incidental music that the celebrated Finnish composer Jean Sibelius created for his brother-in-law Arvid Järnefelt’s play Kuolema (‘Death’).
Gustav Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 1, the ‘Titan’, has become one of the best-loved and most performed of all the German composer’s works. It is youthful music of genius, alive with original musical ideas and great passion. Mahler himself wrote: “My First Symphony will be something of which the world has never heard the like before.”
Join us for a pre-concert talk at 7pm.
Tickets: £12 adults, £10 concessions, Students £5, Under 18s free
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At the door (subject to availability)
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