The late-night concert this year is a very rare chance to hear this extraordinary piece written by Schoenberg written just as he was finishing theoretical work on his twelve-tone system. This piece seems to confirm Schoenberg's deep connection to music in the past, embracing old forms, and choosing a text by Petrarca for the central movement 'sonnet' for baritone.
BBC Radio 3's Tom McKinney will be discussing the piece, and the musical output in this period, prior to the performance - details to be announced.
SCHOENBERG - Serenade Op.24 for baritone and septet
Clarinet: Jãnis Tretjuks / Bass Clarinet: John Slack / Guitar: Tom McKinney / Mandolin: James Ellis / Violin: Beatrice Philips / Viola: James Boyd / Cello: Vashti Hunter / Baritone: Christopher Purves