Preview: BSO’s ‘Songs from the Heart’ @ Exeter Great Hall

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns on Thursday evening to Exeter Great Hall, bringing ‘Songs from the Heart’ to the stage. The works of three Romantic German composers, selected for their deeply moving personal sentiment, will be performed by the world-class orchestra, which produces the finest classical music in the South West. Karl-Heinz Steffens will act as guest conductor for this next instalment in the BSO season.

Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, composed as a gift to his wife Cosima on her birthday, and named after their new-born son, demonstrates a gentler side to the powerfully grand operas of the composer. Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs are, indeed, his final works, of a simpler ilk than much of his music. The soprano for these pieces is Allison Oake, in her first performance with the BSO, a singer who has travelled the world performing in several of Strauss’ most famous operas. Finally, Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, possibly inspired by Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra, offers something of a summation of the composer’s work. Whilst paying homage to Beethoven, the piece frees itself from the bonds of the Romantic master and expresses Brahms’ own personhood.

Following their last performance at the University, I am sure of great things from the orchestra come Thursday. They are sure to deliver an impressive evening not to be missed.

Ben Britton 

£5 student tickets are available an hour before the concert

Photo Credits: Eric Richmond


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