The Symphony № 6 in F major, Op. 68, is now being played in “Afternoon Concert” with Penny Gore on Radio 3, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Xian Zhang.
The work is commonly known as “Pastoral” – an appellation also bestowed on the composer’s Piano Sonata № 15 in D major, Op. 28, and shared by Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Third Symphony. I love the countryside indeed. Imagine cheerful feelings being awakened on arrival in the countryside, and a quiet scene by a brook – accompanied by the singing of a nightingale, a cuckoo and a quail! A thunderstorm breaks up a merry gathering of country folk, but gives way to a shepherd’s song of cheerful and thankful feelings in the end.