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Thomas Adès conducts Britten, Sibelius and Adès featuring Christianne Stotijn and Mark Stone

Boston Symphony Orchestra

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British composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès joins the BSO family in the role of "Artistic Partner" this season, collaborating with the orchestra and its musicians in a variety of capacities. In these concerts he conducts his own 2013 Totentanz ("Dance of Death") for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra. Set to a text accompanying a 15th-century German frieze depicting Death (represented by the baritone) dancing with individuals from all strata of humanity (represented by the mezzo-soprano), the work is both macabre and funny-the Dance of Death is the one dance none of us may refuse. Opening the program is Britten's dramatic early orchestral work, Sinfonia da Requiem, premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1941 during Britten's time in the U.S. as a conscientious objector. (Its performance soon afterward by Serge Koussevitzky and the BSO led directly to Koussevitzky's commissioning Britten's opera Peter Grimes.) Also on the program is the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius's late tone poem Tapiola, which atmospherically depicts the realm of the forest spirit Tapio from the Finnish epic Kalevala.

Featured Performers

Thomas   Adès, conductor Thomas Adès, conductor Christianne   Stotijn, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
Mark   Stone, baritone Mark Stone, baritone
Program Notes Audio
BRITTEN - Sinfonia da Requiem (21 min)
SIBELIUS - Tapiola (18 min)
Thomas ADÈS - Totentanz, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and orchestra (35 min)
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