with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 22 March 2012, 7.30pm
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow G1 1NQ
Detlev Glanert Brahms-Fantasie, Heliogravure für Orchester (c.10')
BBC Commission, World Premiere
Brahms Alto Rhapsody* (c.15')
Schumann Symphony No.4 (original version) (c.28')
Brahms Symphony No.1 (c.45')
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano* (25/10/11: please note change to originally advertised soloist)
Men of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus*
Donald Runnicles conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Johannes Brahms always preferred the original, unrevised version of his friend Schumann's Fourth Symphony, and here's a chance to hear those first thoughts in all their freshness alongside Brahms's own towering First Symphony. Donald Runnicles is joined by leading British mezzo Sarah Connolly in one of Brahms's most moving vocal works, the marvellous Alto Rhapsody.
The programme begins with the world premiere of another of the BBC SSO's commissioned homages to Brahms. Detlev Glanert is an old friend of the orchestra whose dramatic flair and acute ear for orchestral colour has made him one of Germany's most sought-after composers.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Detlev Glanert, in conversation with BBC SSO Producer Andrew Trinick, explains his approach to composing Brahms-Fantasie, the last in a series of short works from four composers (Sally Beamish, Stuart MacRae and Matthias Pintscher), commissioned by the BBC to complement the four symphonies of Brahms.
There will be no Coda after this concert.
The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - presented by Jamie MacDougall.
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.