- Felix Mendelssohn 1809–1847
Overture 'The Hebrides' ('Fingal's Cave') Overture 'The Hebrides' ('Fingal's Cave') Also known as: Fingal's Cave (10 mins)
- Franz Schubert 1797–1828
SongsAn die Musik, D.547 (c.2’) Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D.343 (c.4’) Prometheus, D.674 (c.6’) Du bist die Ruh’, D.776 (c.4’) Ganymed, D.544 (c.5’) Erlkönig, D.328 (c.4’) (20 mins)
- Erich Wolfgang Korngold 1897–1957
Symphony in F sharp Symphony in F sharp Also known as: Symphony in F sharp, Op. 40 (51 mins)
From his exile in California, Erich Wolfgang Korngold dedicated his only symphony to the President of the USA. But don’t be taken in: this former protégé of Mahler was Viennese to the tips of his bow tie. Epic in scale and surging with emotion, this last of the great late-Romantic symphonies is perfect for the BBC SSO’s Associate Guest Conductor John Wilson. The young German baritone Benjamin Appl, meanwhile, has already acquired a cult following: hear why as he, too, finds the dark heart beneath the Viennese charm in these rarely heard orchestral versions of Schubert’s songs. Korngold’s fellow child prodigy Mendelssohn begins the afternoon in an atmosphere of pure enchantment.
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.