Streamed concert – The Tsar, The Rock and The Firebird


Thursday 29th July 2021 - Thursday 29th July 2021

Broadcast from The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Standard price £14; Discount price £5* - all include tax and fees

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Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite
Rachmaninov - The Rock
Stravinsky - The Firebird: Suite (1945)

Sir Mark Elder

For the series finale, Sir Mark leads the Hallé in a spectacular Russian programme, beginning with Rimsky-Korsakov’s suite, or ‘Little Pictures’, from his fairy-tale opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan. They are, Sir Mark comments, ‘full of lovely tunes’ and show the composer’s ‘wonderful ear for orchestral colour, and theatricality.’ Each ‘Picture’ is a short tone poem, all beginning with the same brass fanfare, as if to say, ‘Once upon a time …’.

Rachmaninov was only 20 when he composed his brooding, atmospheric The Rock, inspired by a Chekhov story, yet it already demonstrates his mastery of the orchestra.

The music of Stravinsky is again celebrated with his breakthrough work and first masterpiece, The Firebird, drawn from Russian folklore. Although influenced by his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov, it’s imbued with Stravinsky’s own personality, displaying a natural flair for composing ballet as exemplified by the vibrant ‘Dance of the Firebird’ and the thrilling ‘Infernal Dance’.

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