WEBER Overture: Euryanthe
SCHUMANN Symphony No 1, 'Spring'
SCHUMANN Overture: Manfred
SCHUMANN Symphony No 3, ‘Rhenish’
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads a journey through Weber and Schumann.
The Overture to Weber’s grand opera Euryanthe, which has taken on a life of its own in the concert hall, is a window onto some of the most exciting moments of the whole work.
From the dramatic first trumpet-call which awakens the frozen landscape, Schumann’s Symphony No 1 is a celebration of spring. Move through the season and the gruff folksong Scherzo until finally the season departs with a cheery farewell, a jubilant conclusion which dances into summer.
Desperate, heartfelt and elegant, the Manfred Overture opens with an urgent impetus that only increases through the work, displaying the intense strife which lies ahead for its protagonist. We close with Schumann’s Third Symphony. One of the composer’s most impressive, it paints a euphoric picture of the German Rhineland in broad Beethovenian style, closing with an exhilarating finale.