THE GREAT HALL, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Kirill Karabits, conductor
Robert Murray, tenor*
Nicolas Fleury, horn
One of the highlights of the season, BSO Chief Conductor Kirill Karabits is joined by BSO Principal Horn, Nicolas Fleury and English tenor Robert Murray* for Britten’s hauntingly beautiful Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings. Compellingly emotional, it is an insightful and imaginative setting of poems which span five centuries of English verse, united under a loosely connecting theme of evening, the night-time and sleep. The music is immediately gripping, the tenor’s penetrating vocal lines matched in spades by the wonderful horn calls. It is without question a genuine masterwork of the 20th century.
Mozart’s Symphony No.39 opens grandly, with a darkly dramatic introduction in which orchestral texture and harmonic dissonance increase to near breaking point. This gives way to superlatively crafted work of contrasting melodic invention and rhythmic and contrapuntal exploration. Bach’s orchestral suite in the French style opens with a majestic overture, a curtain raiser to a series of exquisite dances which include the famous ‘Air on a G string’ as well as a jubilant gavotte and final festive gigue.
JS Bach Suite No.3
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings
Mozart Symphony No.39
*Robert Murray replaces John Mark Ainsley who is unable to perform.