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Thursday
11
February
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Mahler, Shostakovich

Thursday: Mahler, Shostakovich


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER



Rachmaninov Isle of the Dead 20'
Mahler Kindertotenlieder 26'
Shostakovich Symphony No.15 42'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Roderick Williams baritone

This concert opens with Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead, his great, mystical tone poem depicting Charon, the ferryman of Greek mythology. The composition of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder coincided with that of his Sixth Symphony, a work Sir Mark conducted here in October. Featuring tonight the renowned Roderick Williams, these gentle and intimate songs express sorrow, tenderness, wistfulness and finally, resignation to fate. Shostakovich likened the first movement of his fifteenth and last symphony to a ‘toy shop’. Laden with quotations from his own works, it also includes most famously a bizarre reference to the galop from Rossini’s William Tell Overture. As with other works from the last years of his life the music treads a fine line between vitality and disillusion. The emergence of the ‘Fate’ motif from Wagner’s Die Walküre is just one of many signs of underlying unease behind the mask.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm

Tom Redmond, Hallé horn player, animateur and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster, offers insights into tonight’s programme looking at the influences behind the pieces with the theme of Fate again making an appearance. Musical illustration is provided by pupils from Chetham’s School of Music. All pre-concert talks are in The Bridgewater Hall auditorium. 

Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

Thursday
17
March
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Henze, Ravel, Liszt & Beethoven

Thursday: Henze, Ravel, Liszt & Beethoven


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER



Henze The Enchanted Forest 12'
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand 19'
Liszt Totentanz (Dance of Death)16'
Beethoven Symphony No.5 34'

Markus Stenz conductor | Kirill Gerstein piano

Markus Stenz and the Hallé begin with Henze’s The Enchanted Forest, an atmospheric orchestral medley adapted from the composer’s opera König Hirsch (The Stag King). Kirill Gerstein, hailed by the New York Times as ‘one of the most respected pianists of his generation’, is then the soloist in Ravel’s pulsating Concerto for the Left Hand, a work influenced by Spanish music and jazz. Remarkably, throughout the piece Ravel makes one hand sound like two! Liszt’s Totentanz is another extraordinary work for piano and orchestra. Years ahead of its time when first performed, it is a set of virtuosic variations that paraphrases the ancient plainchant, the ominous Dies Irae. In the second half the fate theme reaches its glorious apotheosis in Beethoven’s legendary Fifth Symphony, with its iconic four-note ‘fate’ motif.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm

Hear Vaughan Williams’ rarely performed Serenade to Music as the talented musicians of the Hallé Youth Choir and Hallé Youth Orchestra perform the choral version of this beautiful piece. Naomi Benn, Head of the Hallé’s Ensembles, then chairs a conversation between the orchestra’s Music Director, Jamie Phillips, and members of the Youth Orchestra, who will discuss life as a young musician in Manchester. All pre-concert talks are in The Bridgewater Hall auditorium.

Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

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Thursday
07
April
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Elgar, Casken, Ravel & Williams

Thursday: Elgar, Casken, Ravel & Williams


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER

Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte 7’
John Casken Apollinaire’s Bird (Oboe Concerto, 2014) 25'
Elgar Une Voix dans le Desert 11'
Vaughan Williams Symphony No.4 34'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Stéphane Rancourt oboe

In 2014, the Hallé’s principal oboist Stéphane Rancourt wowed us with the world premiere of John Casken’s Apollinaire’s Bird. The concerto (which has been short-listed for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award) was such a success with audiences, Sir Mark wanted to repeat the performance as soon as possible. It takes as its inspiration a poem Apollinaire wrote while fighting in the trenches during the First World War. We also hear two fascinating Elgar works composed during that same conflict. When Vaughan Williams’s Fourth Symphony was premiered in 1935, the work seemed to presage the coming of another war. It is a symphony of extraordinary, almost apocalyptic power that never fails to make a massive impression.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm

The acclaimed tenor, Joshua Ellicott, narrates in tonight’s performance of rare Elgar, Une voix dans le désert, set in the battlefields of Flanders. In this pre-concert recital, Joshua takes us, by means of song and readings from the letters of his great uncle Jack, into the world of a 19-year-old volunteer, killed in theBattle of the Somme in 1916. All pre-concert talks take place in The Bridgewater Hall Auditorium.

Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

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Thursday
21
April
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Stravinsky, Bach & Schumann

Thursday: Stravinsky, Bach & Schumann


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER

Stravinsky Chorale Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch 11'
Bach Magnificat in D, BWV243 30'
Schumann Symphony No.3, ‘Rhenish’ 31'

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor | Sophie Bevan soprano | Christopher Ainslie counter tenor | Andrew Staples tenor | Neal Davies bass-baritone | Hallé Choir

In 1956 Stravinsky adapted and orchestrated a set of variations Bach made on his Christmas hymn ‘Vom Himmel Hoch’. The result is an ingenious and delightful work, at once both Bach and Stravinsky! The Hallé Choir and soloists will also be in fine voice for Bach’s Magnificat, one of the composer’s greatest choral works. After the interval we hear the ‘Rhenish’ Symphony, Schumann’s great musical evocation of the beauties of Germany’s Rhineland. Each of its five richly contrasted movements portrays various elements of local scenery, history and folklore. Appropriately for this concert, the fourth of these – an evocation of Cologne’s magnificent cathedral – pays tribute to none other than Johann Sebastian Bach.

Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

Thursday
05
May
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Thursday: Dvorák - Nature, Life & Love

Thursday: Dvorák - Nature, Life & Love


AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER

Moravian Duets 10'
Piano Concerto 34'
Overture: In Nature 12'
Overture: Othello 15'
Overture: Carnival 10'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Francesco Piemontesi piano | Hallé Youth Choir

Dvorák’s international reputation was established with his charming, folk music-inspired Moravian Duets, a selection from which is sung by the excellent Hallé Youth Choir. Francesco Piemontesi is the soloist in Dvorák’s Piano Concerto, a work Francesco greatly admires for its ‘rhythmic energy’ and ‘range of imagination’ and one he has recorded to great acclaim. The second half is a rare opportunity to hear a complete performance of the outstanding trilogy of overtures Dvorák composed on the themes of ‘Nature, Life and Love’. It is a fascinating journey that ends tonight with the vibrant Carnival Overture, some of the most exuberant music Dvorák ever wrote.

Pre-concert event at 6.30pm

Sir Mark Elder introduces ‘Nature, Life and Love’, the Hallé’s celebration of Dvoˇrák’s music, taking place throughout May at The Bridgewater Hall. He is joined by Gerard McBurney, former Hallé artistic advisor and Creative Director of Beyond the Score®. Hear them discuss the varying works to be performed during the festival, exploring Dvoˇrák’s Czech roots and American influences. All pre-concert talks take place in The Bridgewater Hall Auditorium.

Ticket prices and booking fees:

Full price tickets from £13 (including booking fee*)
£5 student tickets (including booking fee*) are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket (price inclusive of booking fee*). A limited number of stalls seats are available.

* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees, please refer to The Bridgewater Hall website.

Please note: Manchester is experiencing some road works and tram disruption at the moment and we have been asked to recommend that our customers allow a little extra time for their journeys.

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