Tuesday 15th October 2019
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tickets £9.00 to £37.00Book Now
Finzi - The Fall of the Leaf
Bruch - Violin Concerto No.1
Elgar - Symphony No.1
Sir Mark Elder
James Ehnes, violin
Nottingham welcomes Canadian musical royalty when virtuoso violinist James Ehnes makes his debut in the city. Armed with dazzling technique and breathtaking lyricism, he received the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2017. For his first visit he’ll be playing Bruch’s romantic First Violin Concerto, whose blend of high drama and soaring expression have made it a mainstay of concert halls worldwide. Bruch’s masterpiece is bookended by two classic English works, both premiered by the Hallé, and a perfect fit for the orchestra’s partnership with Sir Mark Elder.
Gerald Finzi’s The Fall of the Leaf was inspired by a piece in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and displays the wistfulness that tinges his pastoral soundworld. Elgar’s First Symphony shares some of Finzi’s poignancy, but its majestic sweep also projects the confidence of the Edwardian age and a composer at the height of his powers. Its dedicatee, the Hallé’s conductor Hans Richter, proclaimed it ‘the greatest symphony of modern times’.
Free Pre-Concert Talk, 6.20pm
(Booking not required.)
Join Sir Mark Elder in conversation in the auditorium before the performance.
After Hours: Abstruckt Ensemble, 9.45pm
(Concert ticket holders get into this event for free.)
This dynamic young quartet are redefining what percussion can do, their easy-going virtuosity delivered with a nice touch of theatre. Their performance includes music by Steve Reich, David Lang, Mátyás Wettl and Thierry de Mey, whose Table Music will open your eyes and ears to what’s possible with three table tops and six hands.