Wednesday 18th May 2016
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
From £12 (including booking fee)
Dvorák - The Golden Spinning Wheel 27’
Sir Mark Elder
This special hour long event features Sir Mark and the Hallé discussing the four pieces Dvorák wrote based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm. The Orchestra will offer musical illustrations of these beautiful miniatures, and then Sir Mark will conduct a complete performance of the last of the quartet, The Golden Spinning Wheel.
Dvorák’s gift of orchestral narrative is explored in The Golden Spinning Wheel. A life-long champion of Czech culture, Dvorák found a perfect vehicle for his vivid musical imagination and complete mastery of orchestral writing in Karel Erben’s important collection of folk-ballads. These stories rival the Brothers Grimm in their relish of the macabre. Janácek described the resulting four symphonic poems as ‘the most Czech of Dvorák’s works’; they possess both a broad human appeal and a graphic sense of detail. Strangely, Sir Mark and the Hallé have never played The Golden Spinning Wheel together, but here in this one hour special event they join in an illustrated talk followed by a complete performance.
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