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Spring Fever

feat. Copland, Beethoven, Suk, Schubert & Schumann

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“Spring is the time of plans and projects”.

So wrote Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina; and how right he was, given the quantity of music that's been written in this particular season's honour. Much of this music was written during the nineteenth century when artists of all disciplines were being fired up by the Romanticism movement, with its fascination over nature's effect on the lone artist.

So whilst Spring Fever begins with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony in Copland's 1941 ballet, Appalachian Spring, we then whoosh right back to the start of the nineteenth century – 1801 in fact – for Beethoven's “Spring” Violin Sonata No 5 from Renaud Capuçon and Frank Braley.

More chamber music follows. First, Josef Suk's Spring piano cycle from Margaret Fingerhut, then Schubert's Lied “Frühlingsglaube” sung by Ian Bostridge. We then close with Schumann's Spring Symphony No 1 from the Staatskapelle Dresden under Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Curation & Text: Natascha Klotschkoff, Charlotte Gardner

Speaker: Charlotte Gardner

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Spring Fever

  • An introduction to Copland — Appalachian Spring

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    Aaron Copland

    Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
  • An introduction to Beethoven — Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major op. 24 »Frühlingssonate«

  • Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major op. 24 »Frühlingssonate« Preview Only

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley
  • An introduction to Suk — Spring Impressions op. 22a

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    Josef Suk

    Margaret Fingerhut1990
  • An introduction to Schubert — Frühlingsglaube D 686b

  • Frühlingsglaube D 686b Preview Only

    Franz Schubert

    Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake1996
  • An introduction to Schumann — Symphony No. 1 in B flat major op. 38 »Frühling«

  • Symphony No. 1 in B flat major op. 38 »Frühling« Preview Only

    Robert Schumann

    Wolfgang Sawallisch, Staatskapelle Dresden1973

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