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.
The concert is available to view on demand for 30 days after the orginal performance until 7.30pm (GMT) on Friday 1 January 2021
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