Thursday 9th February 2017
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
From £13.50 (including booking fee)
Sibelius - The Oceanides
Poulenc - Concerto for organ, strings and timpani
Dvořák - Legends: selection
Janáček - Taras Bulba: Rhapsody for Orchestra
Jonathan Scott, Organ
In the first concert during a two-week spell with the Hallé, the outstanding Cristian Măcelaru conducts an intriguing programme of works, three of which were inspired by mythology and legend. Sibelius’s The Oceanides is one of the most vivid and atmospheric musical seascapes ever written, while Dvořák’s Legends are charmingly reflective counterparts to the Czech composer’s Slavonic Dances. Janáček’s great Taras Bulba is based on Gogol’s account of a legendary Cossack hero. It builds to a magnificent climax, organ and brass combining to stunning effect. Jonathan Scott and The Bridgewater Hall organ also star in the first half with Poulenc’s hauntingly beautiful concerto, a work its composer described as his ‘bestseller’.
(Image: Sorin Popa)
Pre-concert Event, 6.30pm – The Hallé in Ancoats
In 2013 the Hallé acquired and refurbished a Grade II listed, deconsecrated church in the heart of Ancoats Conservation Area. Now named Hallé St Peter’s, the building is rooted firmly in the Concert Society’s foundations. The orchestra rehearse and record in the venue which also offers rehearsal space for the Hallé’s choirs and youth orchestra. The Hallé has embarked on the next exciting phase of its growth with a second stage of building beginning in 2017. This will include an impressive extension creating additional rehearsal and breakout spaces as well as a café, for both the Hallé and the local community. Come and hear more about this exciting step in the Halle’s history.
The pre-concert event will take place in the auditorium and is free for concert ticket holders.
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