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Berlioz and Schumann

18 Jan 2024 | 19:30 | Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street

Berlioz Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict
Berlioz Les nuits d’été, Op. 7
Schumann Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

Sophie Bevan soprano
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

‘Drums and trumpets in C have been blaring in my head,’ wrote Robert Schumann in 1845, ‘I have no idea what will come of it.’ What came of it was the symphony we know as Schumann’s Second – a defiant, joyous and spiritually uplifting work that shared its key, its power and its rigour with the ‘Great’ symphony by Schubert (heard 15 December) that helped inspire it. Before Schumann’s symphony Ryan Wigglesworth and Sophie Bevan delve into the extraordinary musical imagination of Hector Berlioz courtesy of the thrilling overture to his Shakespearean opera and his delectable songs on the theme of love passionate, unrequited and lost.

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Berlioz and Schumann

18 Jan 2024

Tickets: £15, £28, £38, £48
(Students from £5)
Duration: 120 min
Venue: Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street