CANCELLED – BBC Philharmonic: Strauss/Schnittke/Shostakovich at The Bridgewater Hall

Johnny James, Managing Editor
Matt Squire

BBC Philharmonic: Strauss/Schnittke/Shostakovich at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre 30 April 2020 Tickets from £12.50 — Book now

Richard Strauss – Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (14’)
Alfred Schnittke – Cello Concerto No. 1 (40’)
Dmitry Shostakovich – Symphony No. 6 in B minor (30’)

Cellist Jan Vogler joins Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic for Schnittke’s astonishing Cello Concerto No. 1, which will be performed alongside wonderful works by Strauss and Shostakovich.

On 21 July 1985, Russian composer Alfred Schnittke was declared clinically dead three times after a colossal stroke. Against the odds, he survived, and entered into the most creative period of his life. Sketched while convalescing in hospital, Schnittke’s Cello Concerto No. 1 is one of the most intense and astonishing works of the late 20th century. An expressionistic portrayal of psychological terror, it calls for an outstanding solo cellist, who weeps and screams amid mockery and violence in the monumental orchestra. At The Bridgewater Hall, New York-based Jan Vogler will take on this technically and emotionally exhausting solo role. Forever pushing the sonic possibilities of the cello, he’s a great match for this wild work, and we can’t wait to see what he brings to it.

Also in this programme, we’ll hear Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor. After the triumph of his Fifth Symphony, the musical and political world awaited the composer’s next symphonic move with bated breath. Premiering in 1939, his Sixth managed to build on the successes of its predecessor while carving out a bold new path. Immediately striking is the odd structure of the work, which is characterised by stark division. The symphony begins with a long, doom-filled Largo, followed abruptly by two jovial fast movements. Confounding some and making perfect sense to others, this split structure represents two responses to life in Stalinist Russia: private dread and public joy. From its bleak and nocturnal opening to its glittering (though somewhat hollow) joie de vivre finale, this is an astonishing work, which will no doubt shine brightly under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber.

Capping off this somewhat weighty programme with 14 minutes of pure fun, we’ll also hear Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche –  a sassy homage to the German folk hero Till Eulenspiegel. Cheeky and lighthearted, this tone poem depicts, with sparkling imagination, Till’s unrelenting sense of the sardonic, which irks his peers and eventually lands him in trouble. A large scale rondo, the single-movement work exhibits some of Strauss’ most brilliant orchestration. Revelling in the joy of expressive dissonance, he approaches his vast instrumental palette with brilliant colouristic flair. Tricksy, witty and utterly entertaining, this is a great concert piece for the BBC Philharmonic.

From the dread of Schnittke’s Cello Concerto No. 1 to the vivacious joy of Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, this wide-ranging programme will make for a wonderful evening at The Bridgewater Hall.

BBC Philharmonic
Jan Vogler – cello
Omer Meir Wellber – conductor

BBC Philharmonic: Strauss/Schnittke/Shostakovich at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre 30 April 2020 Tickets from £12.50 Book now

What's on at The Bridgewater Hall

Where to go near CANCELLED – BBC Philharmonic: Strauss/Schnittke/Shostakovich at The Bridgewater Hall

Manchester
Restaurant
Midland Tea Room

Dating back to 1903, Manchester’s stately Midland Hotel now has its own dedicated tea room. Expect traditional offerings in elegant surroundings.

Society Manchester
City Centre
Society Manchester

Society Manchester is a glorious indoor and outdoor space in the very heart of the city, with five street food vendors to choose from and a range of high-quality drinks.

Manchester
Restaurant
Friska

Latest branch of Friska, the independent healthy fast food chain.

Manchester
Restaurant
Don Giovanni

Traditional Italian restaurant, serving everything from pizza to steak. All this in a large modern venue with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Haunt MCR
Manchester
Bar or Pub
Haunt MCR

Haunt MCR is a speciality coffee shop and wine bar located on Manchester’s bustling Peter Street.

Manchester
Restaurant
Jaan

New food concept from the team behind Another Hand, based at Exhibition and serving up exceptional Persian cuisine.

City Centre
Restaurant
ONDA Pasta Bar

ONDA is a treat for the tastebuds. Long dark wood tables are shared by eager diners, as tapas-style plates of fresh pasta and other Italian dishes are ferried around the restaurant.

City Centre
Restaurant
Nudo Sushi Box

Nudo Sushi Box on Manchester’s Oxford Road specialises in freshly-prepared boxes of – you guessed it – sushi.

City Centre
Bar or Pub
Peveril Of The Peak

Iconic Manchester pub adorned with the sorts of bottle green, yellow and brown Victorian tiles that are a reclamation yard’s dream – this gem of a boozer is named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel of the same name and was a favourite hang-out of Eric Cantona.

What's on: Music

Until
ActivityManchester
DJ Gym at Hatch

Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.

from £269
Until
MusicManchester
Open Deck at Band on the Wall

Bring your records for a spin at our Open Deck session this Saturday! If you’ve bought some new vinyl from a local record shop this week, just show your receipt at the bar to get yourself a free 9” pizza!

Until
MusicManchester
RNCM Summer Season 2024

Read our highlights from the RNCM Summer Season, taking in huge collaborative events, internationally acclaimed artists and family adventures.

from £8.50
Smile Star & Garter Weekend
MusicManchester
SMILE at the Star & Garter Weekend

SMILE returns to the Star & Garter at the end of June for a weekend of all-singing, all-dancing alternative anthems, celebrating the life of Andy Martin, the pub’s legendary licensee.

from £6.00

Culture Guides