Halle - Stravinsky, Bach, Schumann
From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Halle under Ryan Wigglesworth. Stravinsky: Chorale Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch. Bach: Magnificat in D, BWV243. Schumann: Symphony No 3.
From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Adam Tomlinson
The Hallé with a programme of Bach, Stravinsky and Schumann.
Stravinsky: Chorale Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch
Bach: Magnificat in D, BWV243
BBC Young Musician 2016
Clemency Burton-Hill introduces the first of the finalists in this year's brass category.
Trombonist Gemma Riley plays music by:
Cesare and Castérède
Schumann: Symphony No.3, 'Rhenish'
Sophie Bevan, soprano
Christopher Ainslie, countertenor
Andrew Staples, tenor
Christopher Purves, bass-baritone
Hallé Choir and Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor
In 1956 Stravinsky adapted and orchestrated a set of variations Bach made on his Christmas hymn 'Vom Himmel Hoch'. The result is an ingenious and delightful work, at once both Bach and Stravinsky. The Hallé Choir then joins the orchestra for Bach's Magnificat, one of the composer's greatest choral works. After the interval comes the 'Rhenish' Symphony, Schumann's great musical evocation of the beauties of Germany's Rhineland. Each of its five richly contrasted movements portrays various elements of local scenery, history and folklore. Appropriately for this concert, the fourth of these - an evocation of Cologne's magnificent cathedral - pays tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.