Dieter Schnebel Schubert-Phantasie (UK premiere) David Sawer Flesh and Blood (BBC commission: World premiere) Schubert Symphony No 9 in C major, ‘Great’
BBC Symphony Orchestra Ilan Volkov conductor Christine Rice mezzo soprano Marcus Farnsworth baritone
Theatre is at the heart of David Sawer’s incisive and original music, and his new commission Flesh and Blood is a dramatic scena, with words by Howard Barker, featuring star soloists Christine Rice and Marcus Farnsworth. Dieter Schnebel’s Schubert-Fantasia recalls dreamlike fragments from Schubert’s G major Piano Sonata refracted through a shimmering haze of dissonant harmonies. 150 years earlier, Schubert wrote his ‘Great’ Ninth Symphony, a powerful feat of sustained momentum, driven by buoyant rhythms, explosive emotions and vast, inexorable climaxes which Ilan Volkov will no doubt shape with his characteristically dynamic vision.
Running time TBC
BBC SO Plus Pre-concert talk, 6.00pm, Fountain Room An introduction to the music in tonight’s concert