Elgar Symphony No.1


Thursday 30th September 2021

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets from £14.50. £5.50 tickets available for full-time students. Under 30s discount available. All inclusive of booking fees

Thursday 30 September 2021 - 7.30pm
Approximate running time including interval: 2 hours

Tuning Up - 6.30pm in the auditorium
David Butcher, Hallé Chief Executive, introduces the Hallé autumn season, with Head of Artistic Planning, Anna Hirst and Hallé musicians. - Free to concert ticket holders

Wagner - Lohengrin: Prelude to Act I
Sofia Gubaidulina - Offertorium
Elgar - Symphony No.1

Sir Mark Elder

Baiba Skride, violin

Establishing the mood of the concert’s first half, Wagner’s first act prelude to Lohengrin, evokes the descent of the Holy Grail from Heaven in a rapt and gradual crescendo. Its spirituality links perfectly with Offertorium, chosen to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sofia Gubaidulina, one of the greatest Russian composers of the post-Shostakovich generation. For Sir Mark it is an ‘exciting, dramatic and powerful work’, derived from the theme of J. S. Bach’s Musical Offering. Making her Hallé debut, the Latvian violinist, Baiba Skride, has performed the work with leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and Boston Symphony. To conclude, Elgar’s First Symphony which is deeply associated with the Hallé since its premiere in 1908 conducted by Hans Richter, to whom Elgar dedicated it with the inscription ‘true artist and true friend’.

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