Thursday 6th October 2016
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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Verdi - Macbeth: scenes
Beethoven - Symphony No.9, 'Choral'
Sir Mark Elder
Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Mezzo-Soprano
Scott Hendricks, Baritone
Natalya Romaniw, Soprano
Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo-Soprano
Allan Clayton, Tenor
Sir Mark, the Hallé and the Hallé Choir open the Thursday series in grandly dramatic fashion. The first half features scenes from Verdi’s Macbeth. Throughout, Verdi strove to convey Shakespeare’s vivid sense of pity and terror. The selection ends with the famous sleepwalking scene in which Lady Macbeth descends into madness. Beethoven’s Ninth, described by Wagner as ‘the ultimate symphony’, also confronts terror and the darker side of existence. Overall, however, it is an extraordinary journey towards enlightenment that culminates in a rapturous setting of Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’.
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