Britten Sinfonia and Sir Mark Elder in Brahms and Mahler

Elder conducts Mahler & Brahms

London Saffron Walden Norwich
17 – 19 Jan 2019


Suite on English Folk Tunes


Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen


Symphony No. 2

Sir Mark Elder conducts Britten Sinfonia © Mark Allen


Paula Murrihy



Brahms as Brahms wished it to be heard: Sir Mark Elder joins Britten Sinfonia for the second instalment of their Brahms Symphony Cycle, paired with Mahler songs and Britten’s last completed orchestral work.

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.

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Download the programme notes for free here.

In Conversation – 6.30pm, Saffron Hall
Sir Mark Elder discusses tonight’s programme with Dr Kate Kennedy in this pre-concert talk.

In Conversation – 6.30pm, Theatre Royal, Norwich
Sir Mark Elder discusses tonight’s programme with Roger Rowe in this pre-concert talk.


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