Fairy Tales and Daydreams
The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by Ben Gernon in Stravinsky's Song of the Nightingale and Tchaikovsky's Winter Daydreams. Philip Grange's Violin Concerto receives its premiere.
The BBC Philharmonic is conducted by Ben Gernon in Stravinsky's Song of the Nightingale and Tchaikovsky's Winter Daydreams. Philip Grange's Violin concerto receives its premiere.
From the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond
Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale
Philip Grange: Violin Concerto (world premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 'Winter Daydreams'
Carolin Widmann (violin)
Ben Gernon (conductor)
Distilled from his opera The Nightingale, Stravinsky's symphonic poem tells Hans Christian Anderson's breathtakingly poignant and beautiful story; only the freely given song of the real nightingale - not the gold and jewel encrusted man-made fake bird with its mechanical waltzes and adoring courtiers - has the power to bring back an Emperor from the clutches of Death. Carolin Widmann is the soloist in the world premiere of Philip Grange's Violin Concerto, a BBC commission which alludes to the natural world in its exploration of relationships between individuals and groups. Tchaikovsky's First Symphony, which ends the programme, is infused with haunting Russian melody. He gives evocative titles to the first two movements "Daydreams on a winter journey" for the first and "Land of gloom, land of mists" for the second. Mendelssohnian charm characterises the third while the Finale gives us hints of the majesty and grandeur of the symphonies that were to follow.