BBC NOW: Stephen Hough plays Beethoven at Brangwyn Hall

The Guildhall, Swansea, Swansea, SA1 4PE, Wales

Mahler's set of orchestral songs was the first of its kind. The listener is taken from the everyday pleasure of a smelling a flower to the midnight of the soul. The unfinished tenth symphony was a deeply cathartic work for the composer, helping him to come to terms with his broken marriage and impending death. Meanwhile, right from the solo opening chords, Beethoven gently finds new ground within the piano concerto genre.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Søndergård - Conductor
Stephen Hough - Piano
Catriona Morison - Mezzo