The BBC Philharmonic’s new Bridgewater Hall season brilliantly exhibits the glorious power of live music. From Mahler’s majestic Symphony No. 3 to Messiaen’s intimate Quartet for the End of Time, Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony to Beethoven’s Fifth, this is music that truly comes alive in the concert hall. And with a number of world and UK premieres alongside several other significant and thrilling works being performed in Manchester for the first time, this is a season with its eyes fixed firmly on the future.
Here are our picks
Famed for working double duty as an acclaimed soloist and principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic, the peerless Stefan Dohr performs the UK premiere of a work written especially for him: Wolfgang Rihm’s Horn Concerto.
Tasmin Little performs Karol Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto. Piercing, passionate, fiery and free, it’s arguably the first modern violin concerto, and makes tremendous demands on any soloist who chooses to take it on.
For his final Bridgewater Hall concert as the BBC Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena spirits us away to his Spanish homeland with a programme that includes a concert performance of Manuel de Falla’s vibrant,one-hour opera, La vida breve.