Brahms as Brahms wished it to be heard: Sir Mark Elder conducts Brahms’s radiant and bucolic 2nd symphony, in the second year of an acclaimed four-year symphony cycle. The cycle borrows from the spirit of early performances of the works by performing them with the musical forces that Brahms intended, to ‘exhilarating’ effect (The Times). The concert also traces a poetic line from Brahms’s symphonic Romanticism to more intimate evocations of poetry, love and nature in Mahler’s emotionally charged Songs for a Wayfarer, and Britten’s Suite on English Folk Tunes, the composer’s last completed orchestral work.
**Anna Stephany (mezzo-soprano) has had to withdraw from Britten Sinfonia’s performance at Saffron Hall on Friday evening (18 January) due to illness. We are very grateful to Paula Murrihy who has agreed to take her place at extremely short notice. The programme remains unchanged.**
Pre-concert talk – 6.30pm, Saffron Hall
Sir Mark Elder discusses tonight’s programme with Dr Kate Kennedy in this pre-concert talk
Britten Suite on English Folk Tunes
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Brahms Symphony No.2 in D major