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BBC Symphony Orchestra / Brett Dean: The Annunciation

 19 November 2014 at 7.30pm 

BBC Symphony Orchestra / Brett Dean: The Annunciation

Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Josep Pons conductor
BBC Singers

Respighi’s intimate evocations of Botticelli’s art, including the central ‘Adoration of the Magi’, preface Brett Dean’s festive Christmas cantata, The Annunciation, inspired by and commissioned for the 800th birthday of Bach’s own Thomanerchor (St Thomas’s Choir) in Leipzig, where it was premiered. The Annunciation depicts the journey of the three kings from darkness into light, in a four-part work for chamber orchestra and choir. 'Dean succeeds in achieving something that cannot be valued too highly: integrity' RBB Kulturradio.
In the second half Josep Pons presents Strauss’s effervescent theatre suite for Molière’s satire Le bourgeois gentilhomme, a showcase for the orchestra’s stylish versatility.

Ottorino Respighi : Trittico Botticelliano
Brett Dean : The Annunciation
Richard Strauss : Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

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