The Hallé in Sheffield: March 2017


Friday 17th March 2017

Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield

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Strauss II - On the Beautiful Blue Danube: Waltz
Strauss R - Orchestral Songs
Mahler - Symphony No. 4

Ryan Wigglesworth

Elizabeth Watts, Soprano

In the first of his two concerts here this season, Sheffield-born Hallé Principal Guest Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, one of the composer’s most accessible and attractive creations. The first movement recalls the Viennese classical style, the second evokes the grim fiddler of German folklore and the third is a sublime slow movement. Finally, Elizabeth Watts joins the orchestra with the depiction of a child’s vision of paradise, with sweets in profusion and bread baked by angels. The concert opens with Johann Strauss’ waltz masterpiece The Blue Danube and a selection of exquisite orchestral songs by the other great unrelated Strauss, Richard.

(Image: Benjamin Ealovega)

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