Mahler's First Symphony
Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Mahler's Symphony No 1 in D and, with Martin James Bartlett, Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 in F.
Shostakovich's Piano Concerto has been a favourite of audiences from the first performance, but many, including the composer himself, said that it was a vapid work with little artistic merit. Conversely, Mahler was fully aware of the brilliance and sparkle of his first Symphony, but the public, critics, and even his future wife took a very long time to see past the juxtaposition of seemingly incompatible influences and were all incredibly damning about the work. Today the energy and verve of both works are loved by critics and audiences alike, and will together undoubtedly make for a thrilling concert.
Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with former BBC Young Musician winner James Bartlett as soloist in the Shostakovich, live from St. David's Hall in Cardiff, and presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas.
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2 in F major
Mahler: Symphony No 1 in D major
Martin James Bartlett (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)