Britten Sinfonia’s Brahms Symphony Cycle in partnership with Sir Mark Elder, which uses the smaller, more specialist string ensemble group to allow the woodwind and brass textures to emerge from Brahms’s rich sound-world, has been described by the critics as ‘exhilarating’ (The Times) and ‘palpably joyous’ (Seen and Heard International). In this performance they perform the radiant Symphony No. 3, described by Clara Schumann as ‘one beat of the heart, every movement a jewel’.
Brahms is complemented with a collection of Mahler’s rich vocal music, the anguished and at times unbearably moving Kindertotenlieder, his settings of five of Rückert’s 428 poems in response to the deaths of his two children from scarlet fever. Vaughan Williams’s Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, based on folksongs collected by the composer, completes the programme.
Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm
Free to ticket holders
Britten Sinfonia’s Friends, Benefactors, Chair Partners and members of the Sinfonia Circle may book from Wednesday 4 March. Join us today to get access to priority booking, and a whole host of other benefits.
Online booking will be available from Monday 16 March at 10am, and telephone and in person booking will be available from Wednesday 18 March at 10am.