BBC Philharmonic – Sound and Fury at The Bridgewater Hall

BBC Philharmonic – Sound and Fury
The Bridgewater Hall
26th February 2024

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Internial shot of The Bridgewater Hall auditorium
The Bridgewater Hall

Joshua Weilerstein conductor
Zlatomir Fung

Haydn Symphony No. 100 in G major, ‘Military’
Katherine Balch whisper concerto (BBC co-commission: UK premiere)
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major, ‘Jupiter’, K.551

With over 100 to his name, it’s little wonder that Haydn is known as the ‘Father of the Symphony’. With names like ‘Miracle’, ‘Surprise’ and ‘Drumroll’, his campaign storms to a century with this symphony, the ‘Military’. Here the symphony becomes a battlefield with sound effects to match. If Haydn injected the symphony with life, then Mozart strapped a rocket to its back. His ‘Jupiter’ Symphony was unparalleled in its invention and beauty giving us some of the ripest music of its age. Katherine Balch has been described as ‘some kind of musical Thomas Edison and her whisper concerto captures extraordinary sounds. This music was written especially for cellist Zlatomir Fung who joins the BBC Philharmonic for this UK premiere.

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