The New Century: Schubert, Schoenberg & Berg
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday 30 May 2012, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
part of the The New Century series
Schubert (arr. for orchestra by Webern) Six German Dances, D820 (c.11')
Schoenberg Violin Concerto, Op.36 (c.34')
Berg 3 pieces from the Lyric Suite (c.15')
Schoenberg 5 Pieces for Orchestra (revised edition of 1949), Op.16 (c.17')
Ilya Gringolts violin
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
The concert is presented by Stephen Johnson
Schoenberg and his followers actually never set out to be revolutionaries - and even at its most radical, their music was charged with all the emotion of their Romantic heroes. Anton Webern pays gentle homage to Schubert, and from his American exile, Arnold Schoenberg channels Brahms and the Baroque into a surprisingly lyrical Violin Concerto (a glorious vehicle for the masterly Ilya Gringolts). In another world, his Five Pieces had distilled deep feeling into breathtaking orchestral sound - and Alban Berg's Lyric Suite had used Schoenberg's theories to write some of the most breathlessly passionate love letters in all 20th century music.
Introductory Talk: The Second Viennese School
6.15pm Recital Room, City Halls
Writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson introduces the ground-breaking music of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, examining the works to be performed by the BBC SSO and placing them in the cultural and musical context of the time. Free to concert ticket holders.
Limited seating capacity.
Tickets are free, limited to 4 tickets per application. Unreserved seating.
This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Please note that due to recording, this concert is not suitable for young children
As part of The New Century, the Hebrides Ensemble will give a performance of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire in The Old Fruitmarket, City Halls at 6.00pm on Wednesday 30 May. Tickets for this event are free.
How to get there
- The nearest subway station is St Enoch, which is approximately a ten-minute walk from the venues.
- Many local service buses pass close by City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket, either along Trongate or Glassford Street. Most are operated by First Bus.
- Queen Street and Central Stations are a ten-minute walk from the venues. For information on rail travel within the UK, National Rail is the official source for all rail information, train times and timetables.
- On the M8 motorway, take junction 15, turn left onto Castle Street following signs for the Royal Infirmary/East Kilbride/A730. Castle Street becomes High Street and at the fourth set of traffic lights, turn right onto Ingram Street. Candleriggs is the second street on the left. The nearest car parks is the Q-Park on Albion Street which offers parking deals for our customers – call the box office on 0141 353 8000 for more details.
- The Grand Hall at City Halls is accessible to those with mobility difficulties. A lift from the Candleriggs entrance gives access to all levels. Our Concert Halls are fitted with infra-red assisted hearing systems which are specially designed for use in large auditoria. Please notify the Box Office when booking.