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BBC Philharmonic

BBC Philharmonic with Chief Guest Conductor John Storgards in an Italian-inspired programme. Alban Gerhardt joins the orchestra for Walton's Cello Concerto.

From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond

Respighi: Fountains of Rome
Walton: Cello Concerto

8.15 Music interval

8.35
Sibelius: Symphony No 2

BBC Philharmonic
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
John Storgards (conductor)

Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, John Storgards, presents an Italian-inspired programme to open the orchestra's season at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. Respighi's symphonic poem 'Fountains of Rome' sets the scene, taking us round the city from dawn to sunset with visits to four of the city's many fountains "contemplated" the composer explained "at the hour in which their character is most in harmony with the surrounding landscape". Alban Gerhardt joins the orchestra for the lyrical and rhapsodic Cello Concerto written while Walton was living on the Italian island of Ischia. John Storgards brings us music of his compatriot, Sibelius after the interval; his Symphony No 2 distinctively Finnish but conceived and first sketched while he was on holiday at Rapello and in Rome.

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Ottorino Respighi

    Fountains of Rome

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • William Walton

    Cello Concerto

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Ancient Airs and Dances

    Performer: Paul O’Dette. Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No 2 in D

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Tu fidel? tu constante?, HWV 171

    Singer: Emanuela Galli. Ensemble: La Risonanza. Director: Fabio Bonizzoni.

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