Today's performances by the week's featured conductor and orchestra, the top pairing of Simon Rattle and his Berlin Philharmonic, are complemented by a concert conducted at last year's Lucerne Festival by Rattle's equally distinguished predecessor in Berlin, Claudio Abbado. Abbado and his acclaimed Lucerne Festival Orchestra play a Beethovenian hymn to freedom - Egmont - and Mozart's final great masterpiece, his Requiem. Rattle conducts his Berliners in Haydn and Ravel and lets his hair down in Dvorak.
Presented by Louise Fryer.
Beethoven: Egmont - complete incidental music
Juliane Banse (soprano),
Bruno Ganz (narrator),
Lucerne Festival Orchestra,
Conductor Claudio Abbado.
Mozart, ed. Franz Beyer and Robert Levin: Requiem
Anna Prohaska (soprano),
Sara Mingardo (contralto),
Maximilian Schmitt (tenor),
René Pape (bass),
Bavarian Radio Chorus,
Swedish Radio Chorus,
Haydn: Symphony no. 95 in C minor
Dvorak: Carnival Overture
Debussy Jeux, poème dansé pour orchestre.
Today Louise Fryer presents Simon Rattle conducting not his own Berlin Philharmonic, but probably Germany's second-best orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Symphonies by Haydn and Schumann frame the concert, and they're joined by the Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan in stunning pieces by Sibelius and Ligeti.
Haydn: Symphony No. 91 in E flat major
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Conductor Simon Rattle.
Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre
Barbara Hannigan (soprano),
Schumann: Symphony no. 2 in C major