Conductor: Alexander Soddy
Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) betrays Schoenberg’s love of Brahms in its intricate textures and interwoven lines; it is an ecstatically sensual evocation of new love transcending the burden of old sin. It took Brahms more than twenty years to approach the challenge of his first symphony – it was no “laughing matter” to write a symphony after Beethoven! – incorporating ideas and innovations that moved symphonic writing forward. Opening with dramatic intensity, it gives way to peace and serenity; the finale has been described as “one of the sublimest utterances human ears have heard” – its hymn-like theme commuted into a glorious and magnificent conclusion.
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.