Thursday 30th January 2020
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tickets from £14.50 (including booking fees)
Thursday 30 January 2020 - 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time = 9.30pm
Beethoven - Leonore Overture No.3
Beethoven - Elegischer Gesang
Beethoven - The Ruins of Athens: Overture
Beethoven - Christ on the Mount of Olives: Angel’s Chorus
Beethoven - Symphony No.9, ‘Choral’
Sir Mark Elder
Elizabeth Atherton*, soprano
Sarah Castle, mezzo-soprano
David Butt Philip, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
Hallé Youth Choir
With Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.3, Sir Mark and the Hallé launch the celebratory Beethoven cycle in tandem with the BBC Philharmonic. It’s a concert that brings together Manchester’s musical community, performing lesser-known works of the composer alongside his final, ground-breaking symphony. As a foil to the symphonies, both orchestras give prominence to Beethoven’s choral works, and in particular gems like Elegischer Gesang (Elegiac Song), a memorial to the wife of a close friend, which is performed by the Hallé Youth Choir. Beethoven’s ground-breaking Ninth Symphony redefined the very nature of the genre; the setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy in the finale, the first use of voices in a symphony, creates a staggering effect.
*We are grateful to Elizabeth Atherton for stepping in at short notice after Giselle Allen has had to withdraw from this performance.
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