The BBC Philharmonic perform Szymanowski and Tchaikovsky
Vassily Sinaisky conducts the BBC Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky's epic 'Manfred' Symphony. They are joined by Tasmin Little for Symanowski's ground-breaking First Violin Concerto.
From the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
Presented by Stuart Flinders
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1
Tchaikovsky: 'Manfred' Symphony
Tasmin Little (violin)
Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)
Tchaikovsky's multi-coloured 'Manfred', inspired by Byron's poem, sees us travel on an epic musical journey with our hero in the Alps. We meet a fairy in a waterfall and spend time with the peasants who live and hunt in the mountains before being witness to his death. Tasmin Little joins the orchestra for Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto which opens the programme, a piece which also takes as its inspiration a poem, "May Night" by Tadeusz Miciński. Its undertones of the occult and mysticism which fascinated the poet inspired Szymanowski's concerto with its fantasy structure and captivating new sound world . "It is my greatest triumph" he wrote to the violinist for whom he'd composed it.