Taking place on Sat 7 Oct as the second concert in their 2023-24 season, the BBC Philharmonic return to The Bridgewater Hall for a magnificent rendition of Elgar, Brahms and Beethoven.

Described by Elgar himself as ‘honest, healthy, humorous and strong, but not vulgar’, the perky and whimsical Overture ‘Cockaigne (In London Town)’ renders a vivid orchestral painting of Edwardian London with church bells, boisterous brass arrangements and a healthy dose of Cockney chatter, before Sunwook Kim performs Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, a ‘welcome affront to the concerto genre’ packed with intricate melodies and thrilling motifs. 

The most recognisable motif of all, however, opens the final piece of the evening: the legendarily ominous four-note introduction of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, interpreted as the embodiment of Fate knocking at the door, sets the tone for Beethoven’s most ferocious and dramatic composition, led on the night by conductor Mark Wigglesworth. 

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A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Sat 7 Oct, 7.30pm, The Bridgewater Hall,
Lower Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3WS
, Tel: 0161 907 9000, £14.50-£29
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Wed 16 Aug 2023