BBC Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Brahms
From Huddersfield Town Hall, BBC Philharmonic under Andrew Gourlay. Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings. Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No 1 (with Guy Johnston). Brahms: Symphony No 2.
Live from Huddersfield Town Hall
Presented by Adam Tomlinson
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No.1
8.20 Music Interval
Brahms: Symphony No.2
Guy Johnston (cello)
Andrew Gourlay (conductor)
Live from the comfortable Victorian splendour of Huddersfield Town Hall, the BBC Philharmonic, with conductor Andrew Gourlay, open and close this evening's concert with music that was being written in Russia and Austria at the same time as workers were building this beautiful and iconic Town Hall in the north of England. Tchaikovsky's lush and tuneful Serenade for Strings, a piece he said he loved and which had its first public performance in St Petersburg in the same month the concert hall we play in tonight was opened, starts the programme, and former BBC Young Musician winner Guy Johnston joins the orchestra for Saint-Saëns's arresting First Cello Concerto. Brahms's sunniest symphony, his second, brings the concert to an affirmative conclusion.