Proms favourite Marin Alsop returns prior to her second Last Night appearance for an all-Brahms evening.
The Academic Festival Overture is an ebullient work the composer himself described as ‘a very boisterous potpourri of student songs’, and there’s also a rare opportunity to hear the epic Triumphlied – celebrating German victories in the Franco-Prussian War in choral settings of striking power and vividness.
American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, winner of the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, is the soloist in Brahms’s glorious Alto Rhapsody, and completing the concert is Brahms’s First Symphony – a work nicknamed ‘Beethoven’s 10th’ for its obvious debt to the elder composer.
Academic Festival Overture 11’
Alto Rhapsody 13’
Symphony No. 1 in C minor 45’
Jamie Barton mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Appl baritone
Choir of the Enlightenment
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Marin Alsop conductor