On 18th and 19th May 2016 Lucy Knight will join the Philharmonia Orchestra to sing the soprano solo in Nielsen’s Third Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall, and Bedford Corn Exchange, conducted by Paavo Järvi.
Haydn: Symphony No. 83, The Hen
Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto
Nielsen: Symphony No. 3, Sinfonia espansiva
Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony, subtitled his ‘Sinfonia espansiva’, grows from an opening motif that Nielsen is said to have thought of while riding a streetcar where not having any paper to hand, he jotted down the idea on his sleeve. Alongside, Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto with Philharmonia Principal Clarinet Mark van de Wiel, presents a musical battle of wills between the clarinet and snare drum. Run through with flashes of humour, no matter what mood the clarinet adopts, the snare drum is always there, ready with its devious rebuttal.