Concert will begin at 18:00 hours GMT
Schumann's 'Das Paradies und die Peri' Matthews, Prohaska, Padmore et al from Berlin
Schumann's 'Das Paradies und die Peri' is a secular oratorio for soloists, choir, and orchestra. The work is based on a German translation (by Schumann and his friend Emil Flechsig) of a tale from Lalla-Rookh by Thomas Moore. The peri, a creature from Persian mythology, is the focus of the story, having been expelled from Paradise and trying to regain entrance by giving the gift that is most dear to heaven. Eventually the peri is admitted after bringing a tear from the cheek of a repentant old sinner who has seen a child praying.
Performers: Sally Matthews, soprano, Anna Prohaska, soprano, Gerhild Romberger, alto,
Mark Padmore, tenor, Andrew Staples, tenor, Christian Gerhaher, baritone.
Berlin Radio Choir. Berliner Philharmoniker. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.