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7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall

Beethoven Symphony No.1 25'
Bartók Piano Concerto No.1 25'
Debussy Syrinx 3' 
Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps 35'

Sir Mark Elder conductor | András Schiff piano | Katherine Baker flute

Sir Mark Elder opens the Thursday Series with the first instalment of the Hallé’s much- anticipated cycle of Beethoven symphonies. Still classical in outline, Beethoven’s initial essay in the form is characterised by abundant vitality and humour. The superb András Schiff joins Sir Mark for the first of two twentieth-century masterpieces, Bartók’s pert and percussive First Piano Concerto. The Halle’s Principal Flautist Katherine Baker then provides a brief glimpse of what will follow with Debussy’s exotic and enigmatic Syrinx. Stravinsky’s unleashing of his Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) upon a scandalised Parisian public has been described by Pierre Boulez as ‘an exemplary moment of modernity’. Ninety-eight years after its riotous premiere the composer’s breathtaking evocation of pagan fertility rites fully retains its ability to rouse, excite and shock.

Pre-concert event at 6:30PM (Free to concert ticket holders)

John Summers and Geoffrey Owen
The Hallé's Chief Executive and Head of Artistic Planning look ahead to the coming Hallé season.

Tickets from £9.50 

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