This afternoon's programme features three highly autobiographical masterworks. The 'Pastoral' Symphony, is Beethoven's ultimate musical response to nature, his most cherished and dependable companion in life. In Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche ('Till Eulenspiegel's merry pranks') the exuberant young Strauss clearly associates himself with the main character as he gleefully wreaks havoc in a market place and upsets a group of passing nuns, disguised as a clergyman. Berg's Violin Concerto, composed to 'the memory of an angel', is a heartbreaking lament for Manon Gropius, the hauntingly beautiful daughter of Alma Mahler (composer Gustav's widow) by her second marriage.
This concert is supported by the Principal Friends of the Philharmonia Orchestra
More concerts with Andris Nelsons
Oct 10 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms's Symphony No. 1 and is joined by Hélène Grimaud to perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1
Oct 13 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Andris Nelsons conducts Brahms's St Anthony Variations, Double Concerto in A minor and Symphony No. 3