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Berg Chamber Concerto

Stephen Johnson joins members of the Manchester Camerata and their conductor Douglas Boyd to explore Alban Berg's Chamber Concerto, a work rich in hidden codes and references.

Stephen Johnson joins the members of the Manchester Camerata and their conductor Douglas Boyd for an exploration of Alban Berg's Chamber Concerto, featuring pianist Martin Roscoe and violinist Jack Liebeck as soloists.

The Concerto was written as a homage to Berg's teacher Arnold Schoenberg on his fiftieth birthday, and it alludes to a close circle of friends and Viennese intellectuals from the mid-1920s, namely Berg, Schoenberg and Berg's friend and fellow Schoenberg pupil Anton Webern. With a wealth of codes and extra-musical references, Berg crafted a compact and technically accomplished work, which is considered one of the great examples of German Expressionism.

The programme includes a complete performance of the piece.

1 hour, 30 minutes