Four Sacred Pieces


Thursday 16th November 2017

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

From £13.50 (inc. booking fees); £5 student offer available

Concert begins at 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time 9.20pm


Wagner - Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg music
R. Strauss - Don Juan
Verdi - Four Sacred Pieces

Sir Mark Elder

Chanáe Curtis, Soprano

Hallé Choir

The conflict between spiritual and sensual love has been a recurring theme in art throughout the ages and is central to Wagner’s Tannhäuser. The concert begins with two orchestral pieces from the opera that vividly dramatise the conflict (the Venusberg music being a true orgy of sound!). Richard Strauss’s take on the life of the fictional libertine, Don Juan, is both graphically drawn and one of the great orchestral showpieces. Verdi was more a man of the theatre than the church, though in the last decade of his life he produced his moving Sacred Pieces for choir and orchestra, closing with the Te Deum, his splendid and startling hymn of praise.

This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Please visit BBC Radio 3 website for more details.

(Image credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

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