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BBC NOW | A Little Night Music


16 May 2024


19:30 - 21:30


Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL

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FaurĂ© – PellĂ©as et MĂ©lisande suite
Stephen McNeff – The Celestial Stranger [World Premiere]
Schoenberg – VerklĂ€rte Nacht (1943 version)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Joana Carneiro conductor
Gavan Ring tenor

Celestial, sparking lights glitter in this evening of ground-breaking music. Fauré’s suite from PellĂ©as et MĂ©lisande opens in resplendent yet tumultuous style – The first musical setting of Maurice Maeterlinck’s play of the same name, which would inspire other composing greats, including Debussy, Sibelius and Schoenberg.

We move to more ethereal heights with the world premiere of Stephen McNeff’s The Celestial Stranger; then 150 years since the birth of Schoenberg we celebrate this radical composer with a performance of a work that changed the course of musical history as we know it – with a revolutionary shift in tonality and the breakdown of the traditional tonal system, VerklĂ€rte Nacht threw his name out into the world and forged his way as the creator of dodecaphonic music, more commonly known as serialism. To conduct BBC NOW for the first time we welcome the wonderful Portugeuse conductor, Joana Carniero.