Clarinet & Bassoon
with the BBC Philharmonic
Saturday 13 November 2010, 7.30pm
The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS
part of the BBC Philharmonic 2010-11 Season series
ROSSINI Overture, Cinderella
MOZART Bassoon Concerto
WEBER Clarinet Concerto No.1
STRAUSS Duet Concertino
Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Sabine Meyer clarinet
Dag Jensen bassoon
Preview at 6.30pm: Chamber music for wind instruments.
When is the bassoon not a bassoon? When it's a bear, which is how Richard Strauss described its role in his Duet Concertino.
The clarinet (of course) gets to be princess, but all becomes right with the world when they dance together, the bear transforming effortlessly into a prince. That's not the only transformation on offer this evening, with Rossini's opera Cinderella depicting the ultimate rags-to-riches story - that of Cinderella - from which we'll hear the effervescent overture. Macbeth, the benighted central figure in Shakespeare's shortest tragedy, could have done with a Fairy Godmother to help him sort fact from fiction.
It was the subject of Richard Strauss's earliest symphonic poem (and in fact the very first piece Gianandrea Noseda rehearsed with the orchestra) and picks up this season's Shakespearian theme. Strauss doesn't attempt to follow the drama of the play, offering rather a vivid character study of Macbeth himself and his power-crazed wife.
Mozart's Bassoon Concerto was also a first - his earliest concerto for a wind instrument, written when he was only 18. It holds a place as central to the instrument's repertoire as Weber's two concertos do for the clarinet. The First of these took the musical world by storm, not simply through its abundant virtuosity but also in the innovation of the solo writing, which raised the possibilities of the instrument to a whole new level.
How to get there
- Metrolink tram passengers should alight at St Peter’s Square. Discounted Metrolink vouchers are available to purchase from the Box Office or online when you buy your concert tickets. The discounted fare is £3.00 adult and £1.50 child; vouchers are valid for unlimited travel from any Metrolink stop after 9.30am.
- The nearest bus stops for major routes into the city centre are St Peter’s Square, Portland Street or Deansgate.
- The nearest rail stations are Deansgate and Oxford Road.
- If travelling by car, please allow plenty of time for your journey. For satellite navigation, the Hall’s postcode is M2 3WS. The nearest car parks are Park Avenue, NCP Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex), NCP Great Northern or NCP Oxford Street. Manchester Central car park is linked directly to The Bridgewater Hall by an underpass beneath Lower Mosley Street.
- The Bridgewater Hall welcomes deaf and disabled patrons. If you have any specific access requirements please ask the Box Office on 0161 907 9000.