1 November 2020 3PM


Overture to ‘Der Freischütz’

Songs from ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’


Symphony No 8 in F major, Op. 93

Benjamin Appl: Baritone
George Vass: Conductor

Weber’s opera Der Freischütz (the marksman) is a complicated German folktale involving magic bullets, ghosts and pacts with the devil. The tuneful and popular overture quotes themes from the opera and manages to set the dramatic mood for the action which follows.

We stay in the realm of folk-tales with Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn), a song cycle for baritone and orchestra of a series of evocative and expressive German folk poems.

Yuki-Onna, by Philip Le Bas, is an orchestral tone-poem based on an ancient Japanese folk legend. Philip is our orchestra’s Principal Bassoon; he is also an active composer and this will be the first public performance of his new piece.

Our concert ends with Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony. This is a generally light-hearted (though not a lightweight) work, and as masterfully constructed as any other Beethoven symphony. The ticking pulse of the slow movement is said to be a parody of a metronome, recently invented by the composer’s friend Maelzel.

Benjamin Appl

Hailed as ‘the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists’ (Financial Times), baritone Benjamin Appl
is celebrated by audiences and critics alike for a voice that ‘belongs to the last of the old great masters of song’ with ‘an almost
infinite range of colours’ (Suddeutsche Zeitung), ‘exacting attention to text’ (New York Times), and artistry that’s described as ‘unbearably moving’ (The Times).

Named Gramophone Award Young Artist of the Year in 2016, Appl was a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme from 2014-16, as well as a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist and ECHO Rising Star for the 2015-16 season,  appearing at major venues throughout Europe.