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Carolin Widmann and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Carolin Widmann performs Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D with Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra alongside Bruckner's epic Symphony No 7 in E

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Kate Molleson

CPE Bach: Symphony in Eb major
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto

8.05 Interval

8.25 Part 2
Bruckner: Symphony No 7

Carolin Widmann (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

The theme of Bruckner's 7th Symphony came to him in a dream; the theme of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto came to him at dinner. We don't know where CPE Bach thought up his Symphony in Eb, but his music, which opens this concert, was pivotal in the development of the classical forms that Stravinsky would later draw on in his so-called 'Neoclassical' works. Nevertheless it is the music of his father JS Bach which is most resonant in Stravinsky's 1931 Violin Concerto: a work almost entirely derived from a single chord, scribbled on a napkin. The BBC SSO, and conductor Ilan Volkov, are joined by the sparky virtuoso Carolin Widmann to play it.

In contrast to the concision of these two composers' music stands Bruckner's 7th Symphony. It is massively more expansive in length but still owes a great deal to CPE Bach's 18th century formal innovations. Written in the 1880s it won international recognition for its composer. The symphony pays tribute to Wagner in its central death-hymn: and went on to be much admired by Hitler.

Photo credit: Lennard Rühle

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in E flat major Wq 179

    Conductor: Ilan Volkov. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Violin Concerto

    Performer: Carolin Widmann. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Claude Debussy

    Reverie

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Andrzej Panufnik

    Dreamscape

    Performer: Piotr Hausenplas. Performer: Lech Napierala.
  • Peter Warlock

    Lullaby - Golden slumbers kiss your eyes

    Performer: John Mark Ainsley. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
  • Eric Coates

    By the Sleepy Lagoon

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No.7

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Christus factus est 1884 version

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Bruckner: Mass in E minor/Motets: Polyphony/Britten Sinfonia/Layton.
    • Hyperion.
    • 9.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV 849 (Books 1, The Well-Tempered Clavier)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier: Angela Hewitt.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.

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