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Southbank Sinfonia, Karin Hendrickson, conductor, #8 TRANSFIGURED

  • St. John’s Waterloo 73 Waterloo Road London, England, SE1 8TY United Kingdom (map)

Karin Hendrickson conductor
Southbank Sinfonia RUSH HOUR #8: TRANSFIGURED

SCHOENBERG Verklarte Nacht 
SAINT-SAENS Symphony No. 2

Written on the eve of the 20th century, Schoenberg’s ultra-Romantic Transfigured Night uses the shimmering tones of a string orchestra to conjure a moonlit setting for a tale of emotional transformation. As a couple walk through a cold, barren grove one night, feelings change from despair to hope, from grief to joy, through an act of love and acceptance. The music similarly transforms from resignation and agitation to a hymn-like climax, rich in tenderness and compassion.