Richard Strauss used a colossal orchestra to tell the story of an imaginary hero, complete with enemies and battles.
Ein Heldenleben is an irresistibly flamboyant musical self-portrait and one of the all-time great orchestral showpieces. Under John Storgårds, it's the most thrilling possible finale to our Strauss birthday celebrations - apart, that is, from the chance to hear a sequence of his loveliest songs performed by one of the world's great lyric sopranos, Hillevi Martinpelto.
Mahler's heartfelt early tone-poem helps keep things grounded; if you love his 'Resurrection' Symphony, it might ring a few bells.
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- BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts Strauss, Wagner & Weill28 Jun 2017 MediaCityUK, Salford
- Simon Holt & BBC Philharmonic: Joy Beast30 Jun 2017 Hull City Hall
- Mica Levi: Everlast30 Jun 2017 Hull City Hall
- BBC Philharmonic - Manchester International Festival 2017 The World Was Once All Miracle-MIF4 Jul 2017 The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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- BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts Open rehearsal - Strauss / Weill27 Jun 2017 MediaCityUK Salford
- BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts John Wilson conducts Copland14 Jun 2017 MediaCityUK, Salford
- BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts Open rehearsal - Copland13 Jun 2017 MediaCityUK Salford
- BBC Philharmonic Learning Events The Amazing Sound Quest-BBC Philharmonic Family Concert10 Jun 2017 The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester