BBC Philharmonic
30 Apr 2020, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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BBC Philharmonic 2019-20 Season Strauss/Schnittke/Shostakovich

BBC Philharmonic
Strauss/Schnittke/Shostakovich
19:30 Thu 30 Apr 2020 The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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On 21 July 1985 Russian composer Alfred Schnittke was declared clinically dead three times after a colossal stroke – but somehow he survived. Tonight’s Cello Concerto was the first work he completed after his recovery and is one of the most intense and astonishing works of the late 20th century. Cellist Jan Vogler joins Omer Meir Wellber and the orchestra for a programme that also takes in Richard Strauss’s sassy homage to a German folk hero and Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony, written as the storm clouds of the Second World War were gathering on the Russian horizon.