Composed as a “symphonic birthday gift” to his wife Cosima and newborn son, the Siegfried Idyll shows a rarely seen, intimate side of Wagner – a gentle song of contentment and gratitude. Schumann wrote the Second Symphony whilst bouncing between bouts of exuberance and exhaustion. It is a highly integrated work, inspired by the striking opening motto which pervades throughout.

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The concert is available to view on demand for 30 days after the orginal performance until 7.30pm (GMT) on Friday 1 January 2021
The concert livestream will be accessible behind a paywall on the BSO website as an embedded Vimeo video stream. It is best to watch through an up-to-date browser (we recommend Google Chrome on a PC and Safari on an Apple device). You can then connect to your TV or HIFI via a cable connection. An Amazon Firestick is also compatible using the Amazon Silk browser direct on a TV as well as most default browsers on SMART TVs.

Works and composers

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Schumann Symphony No.2

In thanks to those who have remembered the BSO in their Will