Sibelius Symphony No.2


Thursday 23rd September 2021 - Wednesday 29th 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 23 September 2021 - 7.30pm
Sunday 26 September 2021 - 4pm
Wednesday 29 September 2021 - 2.15pm

Approximate running time including interval: 1 hour 50 mins

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major
Thea Musgrave - Song of the Enchanter
Sibelius - Symphony No.2

You can check out the Sibelius and Vaughan Williams on our playlist:
Hallé Spotlight Apple Music playlist

Sir Mark Elder

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Please be aware that the Great Manchester Run will be taking place on Sunday 26 September. It may be that there are some road closures that affect your journey, please make sure that you allow plenty of time to travel to the Bridgewater Hall.

Full details can be found on the Transport for Greater Manchester website here.

Many of our concerts this season help tell the stories of composers and the music you will hear. Opening the season, Sir Mark offers the first of our ‘Stories behind the music’ concerts. What Vaughan Williams learnt from Ravel about orchestration was put to superb effect in the string sonorities of the Tallis Fantasia, his spiritual, moving first masterpiece. Benjamin Grosvenor deepens his ongoing relationship with the Hallé with Ravel’s G major concerto, which has, Sir Mark feels, ‘something of the circus never far away in the music’; it’s laced with solos that players relish and is blessed by a song-like slow movement of breath-taking beauty. Conceived in Italy, Mediterranean warmth unlocked Sibelius’s creativity in his majestic Second Symphony. Infused with late-Romantic melodies, it was the Hallé, under Richter, who gave the British premiere. It is prefaced by Thea Musgrave’s short Sibelian homage, which, replete with glowing orchestral textures and subtle quotes from the Master, is inspired by a story from the Kalevala, Finland’s national epic.

At these concerts we celebrate the Halle’s family of corporate supporters who so generously continued their support throughout the last 18 months.

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