BBC Philharmonic - Nielsen, Maxwell Davies, Shostakovich
From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, John Storgards conducts the BBC Philharmonic. Nielsen: Maskarade (Overture). Maxwell Davies: Trumpet Concerto. Shostakovich: Symphony No 10.
The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by John Storgards, in powerful music by Shostakovich, Nielsen and Maxwell Davies. They are joined by virtuoso trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger.
Recorded at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond
Nielsen: Maskarade, Overture
Maxwell Davies: Trumpet Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No.10
Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet)
John Storgards (conductor)
The Overture to Nielsen's Maskarade sets the scene for a masked ball, full of vivacious energy and playful wit. Shostakovich's hugely powerful Tenth Symphony received its first performance soon after Stalin died and its opening movement speaks bleakly of suffering while the Scherzo snarls with venom. Pioneering trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger is the soloist in Peter Maxwell Davies's Concerto, with its virtuoso solo demands and rich orchestral palette. A still, calm voice here is the plainsong quoted by the composer celebrating the feast of St Francis. The sounds of birds feature too, familiar from Max's Orkney home, rather than from Assisi.