Tchaikovsky’s Fateful Fourth


Thursday 17th October 2019

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets from £14.50, Under 30s and £5.50 student discount available (including booking fees)

Thursday 17 October 2019 - 7.30pm

Approximate finishing time = 9.30pm

Weinberg - Moldovan Rhapsody (conducted by Ellie Slorach)
Britten - Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.4

Fabien Gabel

James Ehnes, violin

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With its fiery klezmer dance finale, Weinberg’s superbly scored pot-pourri of Moldovan folk melodies marks the Polish composer’s centenary and provides a rousing curtain-raiser to the Thursday Series. Britten’s Violin Concerto, a 20th century jewel of the genre, balances aching pathos and athletic virtuosity. It’s played by James Ehnes, making an eagerly awaited return to the Hallé, whose recording was described by Arts Desk as ‘possibly the greatest recording the concerto has received’. Absent from the Thursday Series for almost 20 years, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony will be relished. A summit among his symphonic achievements, the composer translated the complexities of his personal life, driven he believed by Fate, into music of riveting force.

Pre-concert event, 6.30pm
Free to concert ticket holders
The Bridgewater Hall auditorium

Professor David Fanning and Dr Michelle Assay
Professor David Fanning and Dr Michelle Assay, who have collaborated on a major new life-and-works study of Mieczysaw Weinberg, join us to introduce the composer’s Moldovan Rhapsody and discuss his life in the centennial of his birth.

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