Thursday 8th February 2018
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
From £14 (inc. booking fees); £5.50 student offer available
Concert begins at 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time 9.20pm
Oliver Knussen - The Way to Castle Yonder
Stravinsky - Petrushka
Mussorgsky orch. Shostakovich - Songs and Dances of Death
Mahler - Totenfeier
Brindley Sherratt, bass
Mussorgsky is a huge figure in Russian musical history. Tonight features one of his finest works, Songs and Dances of Death, sensitively orchestrated by his admirer Shostakovich and sung by the superb Brindley Sherratt (there are few more evocative sounds than a bass voice singing Russian). The theme of mortality continues with a rare performance of Mahler’s breathtaking Totenfeier, a work that became the opening movement of its composer’s Second Symphony, ‘The Resurrection’. Stravinsky’s game-changing ballet score Petrushka is a wonderfully graphic affair that tells of the life, death and ghostly reappearance of its eponymous puppet hero; while Oliver Knussen’s The Way to Castle Yonder, music drawn from his opera Higglety, Pigglety, Pop!, starts the evening with equal poignancy, imagination and humour.
Pre-concert event 6:30pm – at The Bridgewater Hall auditorium, free to concert ticket holders
Pianist, writer and broadcaster, Peter Hill introduces the evening’s programme exploring the ballet music of Petrushka, weaving its influence through the 20th-century musical landscape.
(Image credits: Benjamin Ealovega; Sussie Ahlburg)
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