Saturday 29th April 2017
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Elgar - Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Weber - Clarinet Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 5
Sir Mark Elder
Julian Bliss, Clarinet
2017 is the year of Sir Mark Elder’s 70th birthday, which falls on the same day as Edward Elgar’s. Fittingly then, this concert begins with Elgar’s take on the Baroque concerto grosso, which tests every sinew of its string players’ technique. Another virtuosic challenge is posed by Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto, symphonic in scale and lyrical, even operatic, in style. We’re delighted to welcome back Julian Bliss, for this enthralling Romantic masterpiece. Apart from being the leading Elgarian of his day, Sir Mark is a brilliant interpreter of Tchaikovsky and the Fifth Symphony continues the composer’s preoccupation with fate and deploys his peerless melodic gifts to stunning effect in a heartfelt slow movement, one of his greatest waltzes and an unstoppable marching finale.
Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium with Sir Mark Elder in conversation
(Image: Ben Wright)
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