Millions of listeners enjoy BBC Philharmonic concerts on Radio 3, recorded or broadcast live from the outstanding acoustic of The Bridgewater Hall, making this orchestra one of the most widely heard in the country. But there is still no substitute for experiencing performances live in the concert hall, where the musical and physical power is intense and vital. For live audiences here in Manchester, this season is dotted with emotionally charged music – thrilling, tender, raw, shocking. Music which simply refuses to be forgotten.
Here are our top 5 picks
Gramophone wrote that when superb young Spanish pianist Javier Perianes plays Grieg’s ever-fresh Piano Concerto, as he does tonight, ‘you may well find yourself falling in love and in awe all over again’.
The orchestra welcomes back two tremendous young British musicians whose previous appearances have helped build their international reputations, as Ben Gernon conducts Benjamin Grosvenor in Saint-Saëns’s irresistible Second Piano Concerto.
Mendelssohn’s magnificent Violin Concerto is the epitome of musical Romanticism – and with rising-star virtuoso Alina Pogostkina joining the orchestra for this concert, it’s in excellent hands.
A graduate of the revolutionary El Sistema in Venezuela, Rafael Payare brings two great stories of love, anguish and redemption from the decadent, heady world of late 19th-century Vienna.