The Firebird (The Complete Ballet: 1910)


Thursday 5th October 2017

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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

Debussy - Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Stravinsky - The Firebird (The Complete Ballet: 1910)

Sir Mark Elder

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

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Sir Mark and the Hallé open the Thursday Series with Stravinsky’s runaway success written for Diaghilev’s second season of Ballets Russes in Paris. A beguiling and exotic telling of a Russian fairy tale, The Firebird, takes us on a magical journey from an enchanted forest through dreams, dances and games, from darkness and death, to light and rebirth. The brilliant and thought-provoking Alexander Gavrylyuk is soloist in Rachmaninov’s great Paganini Rhapsody, arguably that composer’s defining work for piano and orchestra. ‘This one’s for my agent’ Rachmaninov said of the work’s ravishing eighteenth variation. The concert begins with Debussy’s ground-breaking orchestral prelude, based on a poem by Mallarmé in which a faun (represented by a solo flute) sees two beautiful nymphs and, drifting in and out of sleep, savours the exquisite memory.

Pre-concert event 6:30pmat The Bridgewater Hall auditorium, free to concert ticket holders

Sir Mark Elder looks ahead at the Hallé’s thrilling Russian-inspired 2017–18 season and explores the evening’s programme of late 19th- and early 20th-century music that includes a performance of Stravinsky’s excitingly colourful The Firebird (in its complete 1910 version).

Please note, for those joining us on Thursday 5 October, that there is the possibility of industrial action affecting Northern Rail services. If you are arriving by train, please check local services and leave plenty of time for your journey.

Please also note that the Conservative Party Conference will have recently finished. While details are unclear it may be that there will still be some road diversions in place. Please allow sufficient time for your journey. You can keep up to date by visiting the Cityco and Transport for Greater Manchester websites.

(Image credits: Benjamin Ealovega; Mika Bovan)

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