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Sun 9 Sep at 15:00

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Kavakos/Ma/Ax Trio
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Brahms, Piano Trio no. 2 in C major, Op.87
Brahms, Piano Trio no. 3 in C minor, Op.101
Brahms, Piano Trio no. 1 in B major, Op.8
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Yo-Yo Ma, Cello
Emanuel Ax, Piano
Sun 16 Sep at 19:00

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New Music Britain
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Birtwistle, Fanfare (*)
Holst, Egdon Heath, homage to Hardy, Op.47
Turnage, Dispelling the Fears, for two trumpets and orchestra
Britten, Spring Symphony for soloists, mixed choir, children's choir and orchestra, Op.44
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Philip Cobb, Trumpet
Gábor Tarkövi, Trumpet
Elizabeth Watts, Soprano
Alice Coote, Mezzo-soprano
Allan Clayton, Tenor
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey, Choirmaster / chorus director
Tiffin Choirs
Tue 18 Sep at 19:30

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Spring Symphony
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Dvořák, Slavonic Dances (selection)
Janáček, Sinfonietta, Op.60
Britten, Spring Symphony for soloists, mixed choir, children's choir and orchestra, Op.44
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Elizabeth Watts, Soprano
Alice Coote, Mezzo-soprano
Allan Clayton, Tenor
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey, Choirmaster / chorus director
Tiffin Choirs
Wed 19 Sep at 19:30

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Sibelius' Fifth
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Janáček, Sinfonietta, Op.60
Szymanowski, Violin Concerto no. 1, Op.35
Sibelius, Symphony no. 5 in E flat major, Op.82
Janine Jansen, Violin
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Sat 29 Sep at 19:30

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Professor Brian Cox presents The Planets
Holst, The Planets, Op.32
Ben Gernon, Conductor
Brian Cox, Presenter
BBC Symphony Chorus
Tue 2 Oct at 19:30

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Dido and Aeneas
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Purcell, Dido and Aeneas
Richard Egarr, Conductor
Christine Rice, Dido
Rowan Pierce, Belinda
Neal Davies, Sorcerer
Academy of Ancient Music
Choir of the AAM
Fri 5 Oct at 19:30

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BBC Symphony Orchestra/Jeremy Denk
Beethoven, The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: Overture
Bates, Anthology of Fantastic Zoology
Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major "Emperor", Op.73
Cristian Măcelaru, Conductor
Jeremy Denk, Piano
Sun 14 Oct at 19:00

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Smetana, Má Vlast (My Country)
Nikolaj Znaider, Conductor
Wed 17 Oct at 19:30

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Martin Fröst plays Copland
Shostakovich, Symphony no. 9 in E flat major, Op.70
Copland, Clarinet Concerto
Prokofiev, Symphony no. 6 in E flat minor, Op.111
Martin Fröst, Clarinet
Sakari Oramo, Conductor
Sun 21 Oct at 19:00

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Falla, The Three-Cornered Hat: Suite no. 1
Falla, The Three-Cornered Hat: Suite no. 2
Lalo, Symphonie espagnole, Op.21
Stravinsky, The Firebird: Suite (1945)
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin
Jaime Martín, Conductor
Tue 23 Oct at 20:00

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Mountain (Film screening with live score
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Works by Pärt
Works by Vivaldi
Works by Beethoven
Works by Tognetti
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti, Director
Thu 25 Oct at 19:30

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Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony
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Szymanowski, Violin Concerto no. 2, Op.61
Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 5 in E minor, Op.64
Nikolaj Znaider, Violin
Philippe Jordan, Conductor
Fri 26 Oct at 18:30

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Handel Serse (concert performance)
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Handel, Serse (Xerxes) (Concert performance)
Maxim Emelyanychev, Conductor, Harpsichord
Franco Fagioli, Serse
Inga Kalna, Romilda
Vivica Genaux, Arsamene
Francesca Aspromonte, Atalanta
Delphine Galou, Amastre
Biagio Pizzuti, Elviro
Wed 31 Oct at 19:30

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London Contemporary Orchestra: Other Worlds
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Scelsi, Uaxuctum "The legend of the Maya city which they themselves destroyed for religious reasons" (UK première)
Adams, Become Ocean
London Contemporary Orchestra
London Contemporary Orchestra Choir
Robert Ames, Conductor
Universal Assembly Unit, Visuals
Thu 1 Nov at 19:30

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Shostakovich's Fourth
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Kodály, Dances of Galánta
MacMillan, Trombone Concerto
Shostakovich, Symphony no. 4 in C minor, Op.43
Peter Moore, Trombone
Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor
Fri 2 Nov at 19:30

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BBC Symphony Orchestra / Nesterowicz
Elgar, Polonia Symphonic Prelude for orchestra, Op.76
Paderewski, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.17
Szymański, New work (World première)
Lutosławski, Symphony no. 1
Michał Nesterowicz, Conductor
Janina Fialkowska, Piano
Sun 4 Nov at 10:00

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Discovery Day: James MacMillan
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Sun 4 Nov at 19:00

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MacMillan Première
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MacMillan, All the Hills and Vales Along (*)
Shostakovich, Symphony no. 4 in C minor, Op.43
Ian Bostridge, Tenor
Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey, Choirmaster / chorus director
National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
Sat 10 Nov at 19:00

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BBC SO Total Immersion rememberance WWI: The Silver Tassie
Turnage, The Silver Tassie
Ryan Wigglesworth, Conductor
Ashley Riches, Harry Heegan
Sally Matthews, Susie
Claire Booth, Mrs Foran
Marcus Farnsworth, Teddy
Charles Rice, Barney
Louise Alder, Jessie Tate
Susan Bickley, Mrs Heegan
Mark Le Brocq, Sylvester
Sir John Tomlinson, Croucher
BBC Singers
Finchley Children's Music Group
Sun 11 Nov at 19:00

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Haydn's Nelson Mass
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Ligeti, Lontano
Bartók, Cantata profana
Haydn, Mass no. 11 in D Minor "Nelson Mass” or "Missa in Angustiis", Hob XXII:11
François-Xavier Roth, Conductor
Camilla Tilling, Soprano
Adèle Charvet, Mezzo-soprano
Julien Behr, Tenor
Matthew Rose, Bass
London Symphony Chorus
Mon 12 Nov at 19:30

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Batiashvili / Capuçon / Thibaudet Trio
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Shostakovich, Piano Trio no. 1 in C minor, Op.8
Mendelssohn, Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor, Op.66
Ravel, Piano Trio in A minor
Lisa Batiashvili, Violin
Gautier Capuçon, Cello
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Tue 13 Nov at 18:30

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Half Six Fix: Zarathustra
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Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Strauss R., Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
François-Xavier Roth, Conductor
Wed 14 Nov at 19:30

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Dvořák Cello Concerto
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Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Dvořák, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104
Strauss R., Also sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello
François-Xavier Roth, Conductor
Thu 15 Nov at 19:30

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Ethel Smyth's Mass in D
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor, Op.23 (original version)
Smyth, Mass in D major
Sakari Oramo, Conductor
Lucy Crowe, Soprano
Catriona Morison, Mezzo-soprano
Ben Johnson, Tenor
Duncan Rock, Bass-baritone
Pavel Kolesnikov, Piano
BBC Symphony Chorus
Thu 22 Nov at 19:00

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Final of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition 2018
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Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act 1
Prokofiev, Violin Concerto no. 2 in G minor, Op.63
Kodály, Dances of Galánta
Vadim Repin, Violin
Thu 29 Nov at 19:30

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Divine Geometry
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Bach, Selection of Preludes and Suites (Arr Charles Coleman)
Glass, Piano Concerto no. 3 (UK première)
Handel, Selection from Concerti Grossi (Arr Kristjan Järvi)
Reich, Music for ensemble and orchestra (UK première)
Simone Dinnerstein, Piano
Kristjan Järvi, Conductor
Fri 30 Nov at 19:30

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Bax, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Vaughan Williams
Bax, November Woods
Frances-Hoad, Last Man Standing (World première BBC SO commission)
Vaughan Williams, Symphony no. 4 in F minor
Martyn Brabbins, Conductor
Marcus Farnsworth, Baritone
Sat 1 Dec at 19:30

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Jóhann Jóhannsson: Last and First Men
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Jóhannsson, Music for Last and First Men
Tilda Swinton, Narrator
Daníel Bjarnason, Conductor
Sun 2 Dec at 19:00

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A Choral Christmas
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Simon Halsey, Choirmaster / chorus director
LSO Community Choir
LSO Discovery Choirs
Wed 5 Dec at 19:30

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Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano: Requiem
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Mahler, Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Revelge
Mahler, Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Der Tambourg’sell
Mahler, Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
Stephan, Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied
Butterworth, A Shropshire Lad, rhapsody for string orchestra
Weill, Four Walt Whitman Songs
Britten, Who are these children?: Nightmare, Op.84 no.3
Britten, Who are these children?: Slaughter, Op.84 no.6
Britten, Who are these children?: Who are these children, Op.84 no.9
Britten, Who are these children?: The children, Op.84 no.11
Ian Bostridge, Tenor
Fri 7 Dec at 19:30

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Shostakovich Symphony no. 5
Strauss R., Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), Op.28
Berg, Seven Early Songs (Sieben frühe Lieder)
Shostakovich, Symphony no. 5 in D minor, Op.47
Rafael Payare, Conductor
Dorothea Röschmann, Soprano
Dec 08 mat, 09

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Bernstein, Candide (Concert performance)
Marin Alsop, Conductor
Leonardo Capalbo, Candide
Jane Archibald, Cunegonde
Anne Sofie von Otter, Old Lady
Sir Thomas Allen, Doctor Pangloss
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey, Choirmaster / chorus director
Wed 12 Dec at 18:30

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Half Six Fix: Jazz Roots
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Stravinsky, Ebony Concerto
Golijov, Nazareno, for 2 pianos and orchestra (Arr Gonzalo Grau)
Bernstein, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Katia Labèque, Piano
Marielle Labèque, Piano
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Thu 13 Dec at 19:30

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Folk Roots, Urban Roots
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Bartók, Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz 100, BB 107
Szymanowski, Harnasie, Op.55
Stravinsky, Ebony Concerto
Golijov, Nazareno, for 2 pianos and orchestra (Arr Gonzalo Grau)
Bernstein, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Katia Labèque, Piano
Marielle Labèque, Piano
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey, Choirmaster / chorus director
Sun 16 Dec at 19:00

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Romanian Rhapsody
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Brahms, Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Debussy, Images, for orchestra
Enescu, Romanian Rhapsody no. 1 in A major, Op.11
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Mon 17 Dec at 19:30

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Berlioz's L’Enfance du Christ
Berlioz, L'Enfance du Christ, Op.25
Edward Gardner, Conductor
Karen Cargill, Mezzo-soprano
Robert Murray, Tenor
Étienne Dupuis, Baritone
Matthew Rose, Bass
BBC Symphony Chorus
Tue 18 Dec at 19:30

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Romanian Rhapsody
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Brahms, Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Debussy, Images, for orchestra
Enescu, Romanian Rhapsody no. 1 in A major, Op.11
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Fri 28 Dec at 19:30

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Beethoven's Ninth
Beethoven's Ninth
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Beethoven, Piano Concerto no. 5 in E flat major "Emperor", Op.73
Beethoven, Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Christopher Warren-Green, Conductor
Madeleine Pierard, Soprano
Kathryn Rudge, Mezzo-soprano
Stuart Jackson, Tenor
Gary Griffiths, Baritone
Danny Driver, Piano
The London Chorus
Members of Goldsmiths Choral Union
Highgate Choral Society
Sat 5 Jan 2019 at 19:00

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National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
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Sibelius, Symphony no. 2 in D major, Op.43
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Kirill Karabits, Conductor
Wed 9 Jan 2019 at 18:30

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Half Six Fix: Sibelius' Symphony No.7
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Abrahamsen, let me tell you
Sibelius, Symphony no. 7 in C major, Op.105
Barbara Hannigan, Soprano
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Thu 10 Jan 2019 at 19:30

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Nielsen's Inextinguishable
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Sibelius, Symphony no. 7 in C major, Op.105
Abrahamsen, let me tell you
Nielsen, Symphony no. 4, "The Inextinguishable," Op.29
Barbara Hannigan, Soprano
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Sun 13 Jan 2019 at 10:00

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Discovery Day: Bartók
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Sun 13 Jan 2019 at 19:00

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Bruckner's Symphony No.6
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Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106
Bruckner, Symphony no. 6 in A major, WAB 106 (Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs Urtext)
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Wed 16 Jan 2019 at 19:30

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Diana Damrau in recital
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Works by Strauss R.
Works by Schubert
Works by Rachmaninov
Diana Damrau, Soprano
Helmut Deutsch, Piano
Thu 17 Jan 2019 at 19:30

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Elder conducts Mahler and Brahms
Elder conducts Mahler and Brahms
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Britten, A Suite on English Folk Tunes "A Time There Was" for chamber orchestra, Op.90
Mahler, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Brahms, Symphony no. 2 in D major, Op.73
Britten Sinfonia
Sir Mark Elder, Conductor
Anna Stéphany, Mezzo-soprano
Fri 18 Jan 2019 at 19:30

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Beethoven and Schoenberg
Beethoven, Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61
Schoenberg, Pelleas und Melisande, Op.5
Lothar Koenigs, Conductor
James Ehnes, Violin
Sun 20 Jan 2019 at 19:00

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Bruckner's Symphony No.6
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Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106
Bruckner, Symphony no. 6 in A major, WAB 106 (Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs Urtext)
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Wed 23 Jan 2019 at 19:30

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Richard Causton, Schumann and Brahms
Causton, Ik zeg: Nu (I say: Now)
Schumann, Cello concerto in A minor, Op.129
Brahms, Symphony no. 3 in F major, Op.90
Sakari Oramo, Conductor
Steven Isserlis, Cello
Fri 25 Jan 2019 at 19:30

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Tristia: Requiems for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
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Plantade, Requiem in D minor, in memory of Marie-Antoinette
Berlioz, Tristia
Cherubini, Requiem in C minor, in memory of Louis XVI
Le Concert Spirituel
Hervé Niquet, Conductor
Sat 26 Jan 2019 at 19:30

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Diana Damrau sings Strauss’s Four Last Songs
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Strauss R., Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)
Strauss R., Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op.40
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, Conductor
Diana Damrau, Soprano