John Storgårds conducts Bruckner’s Sixth and a world premiere
Anton Bruckner wrestled with self-doubt, frequently revising his symphonies – but not his Sixth. We don’t know what he liked so much about the work. Perhaps the inexorable rhythmic pounding in the first movement? The strangely eerie Scherzo? The interpreter for this performance is making his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker: John Storgårds, chief guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Before the symphony, Matthew McDonald, first principal bass of the Berliner Philharmoniker, will appear as soloist in the world premiere of a concerto for double bass by Gerald Barry. According to Barry, the work resembles a dreamlike scene with actors whose speech seems both familiar and strange.
John Storgårds conductor
Matthew McDonald double bass
Helios, overture, op. 17
Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation (premiere)