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Barbican Hall
Silk Street


Franz SchubertSymphony no.8 in B minor 'Unfinished', D.759
Hans Werner HenzeErlkönig fantasy
Thomas LarcherA Padmore Cycle
John AdamsHarmonium


Edward Gardner – Conductor
Mark Padmore – Tenor

BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Chorus

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Programme Note

At the heart of this programme lies the music – and inspiration – of Schubert.  His spacious, warmly radiant ‘Unfinished’ is often considered the first truly Romantic symphony. Hans Werner Henze responded, like Schubert, to the terror of the evil Elf-king in his balletic Erlkönig fantasy, while Tyrolean composer Thomas Larcher quotes from Schubert’s Das Wandern in his scintillating cycle written for renowned tenor Mark Padmore. We are back in the world of poetry for John Adams’s mesmerising choral work, Harmonium (1980), in which he illuminates and dramatises verse by John Donne and Emily Dickinson on those subjects so close to Schubert: love and death.

BBC SO Plus Intro 6pm, Fountain Room
A free introduction to the music in tonight's concert. 

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Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014–2015

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