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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

Music Interval

Tchaikovsky: 'Manfred' Symphony

Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Philharmonic
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 MiciƄski. 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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Karol Szymanowski

    Violin Concerto No 1 Op.35

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Notturno e Tarantella Op.28

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Piers Lane.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Manfred Symphony

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
  • Geraldine Green

    Trio for flute, violin and piano

    Ensemble: Oakmount Trio.
    • encora.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in C minor, D 958 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • Schubert, The Late Piano sonatas D.784,958, 959 960.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 7.

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