An evening of beauty, tears and tragedy: Schumann's Symphony No.2, Britten's Phaedra and Lachrymae, and music by Monteverdi and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the outstanding players of the Knussen Chamber Orchestra in Schumann’s compelling late symphony, much loved for its achingly beautiful slow movement. Schumann fought through the onset of terrifying physical and mental symptoms to finish the piece – a remarkable feat of determination to overcome his personal tragedy.

16th-century composers Monteverdi and Dowland were pioneers in conveying tears in music. We hear Monteverdi’s Lament in Wigglesworth’s orchestration, Wigglesworth’s new piece for the same forces, and Britten’s piece inspired by Dowland. Sophie Bevan joins to sing Britten’s Phaedra, which also looks back to early music to convey tragedy.

Monteverdi arr. Wigglesworth:
Lamento d’Arianna (12)
Ryan Wigglesworth:
Five Waltzes (12)
Phaedra (15)
Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of Dowland (14)
Symphony No.2 (38)

Sophie Bevan mezzo soprano
Lawrence Power viola
Knussen Chamber Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor / harpsichord

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