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Jane Jones marks today's musical birthdays and significant anniversaries.
On the Full Works Concert this evening, Jane Jones celebrates some important events that have happened on this very day, throughout the centuries.
It was on 30 September 1791, for example, that Mozart's opera The Magic Flute (pictured) received its first performance in Vienna. Mozart conducted the orchestra and his collaborator Schikaneder played Papageno. Although there were no reviews of the first performance, the opera drew immense crowds and proved to be very popular.
Bizet's opera The Pearl Fishers also premiered on this day in 1863. It has originally been planned for 14 September, but was postponed because the lead soprano was ill. The audience's appreciation was not reflected in the majority of the press reviews, which generally castigated both the work and what they considered Bizet's lack of modesty appearing on stage at the end.
On this day in 1840, Johan Severin Svendsen, the Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist was born. Svendsen wrote two symphonies - the second of which we'll hear tonight - and a violin concerto, a cello concerto, and the Romance for violin, as well as a number of Norwegian Rhapsodies for orchestra. At one time Svendsen was a close friend of Wagner.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute – Overture
Claudio Abbado conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance No.1 in G major Opus 40
Violin: David Oistrakh
Eugene Goossens conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Schumann: Symphony No.4 in D minor Opus 120
Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Johannes Brahms: Klavierstucke Opus 118
Piano: Lang Lang
Georges Bizet: Pearl Fishers – Duet
Tenor: Roberto Alagna
Bass-baritone: Bryn Terfel
James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Johann Svendsen: Symphony No.2 in B-flat major Opus 15
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra