Sunday 24 Feb 2013, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor

Tamara Stefanovich piano

Elizabeth Watts soprano

Britten Quatre Chansons Fran├žaises

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, K467


Mahler Symphony No. 4

Richard Strauss was so in awe of Mahler's Fourth Symphony - especially the passage towards the end of the radiant slow movement when the gates of Heaven open in a resplendent E major - that in homage he sent him a huge parcel containing his complete published works. Mahler broke with all convention by ending this most heart-warming of all his symphonies with a song of childlike innocence in praise of heavenly life. That same tantilising simplicity informs the magical slow movement of Mozart's K467 Piano Concerto and Britten's early Quatre chansons françaises, composed shortly before his fifteenth birthday.