David Hill Conductor
Jennifer Johnston Mezzo-soprano
R Strauss Träumerei am Kamin
Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer
Brahms Symphony No.2
Supported by The Michael and Ilse Katz Foundation
Dreaming by the Fireside is a tender and poignant symphonic interlude from Strauss’ comic opera Intermezzo in which the heroine sits alone by her fireplace, daydreaming of a lover. Mahler’s early song cycle depicts an incredible sadness on his breakup with Johanna Richter. With texts very much of the German Romantic tradition – themes of unrequited love, departure, nature as a comforter – musically, they are unmistakably Mahler’s own. Unlike the First Symphony, which took Brahms over 20 years to complete, work on the Second went smoothly. It was finished in just four months and is often described as the cheerful alter ego to its solemn predecessor.
All BSO concerts this autumn will be available to watch from home, as digital livestream concerts direct from Lighthouse. Book your digital ticket here via the BSO website. All concerts start at 7.30pm.