SIR Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra return to the Hexagon tomorrow (Saturday) for the final orchestral concert of this
SIR Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra return to the Hexagon tomorrow (Saturday) for the final orchestral concert of this year’s Classical Music Alive season, writes Lesley Potter.
The programme includes a repertoire of music by Weber, Stravinsky and Sibelius.
Sir Mark Elder is regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of Sibelius’s music, and ever since its UK première — by the Hallé in 1905 — the Second Symphony has been one of this country’s favourites.
Though the composer denied it was his ‘Liberation Symphony’, critics described its power, romance and triumphant finale as a patriotic stand against Russian imperialism.
When Weber’s opera Der Freischütz premiered in 1821, it became an immediate hit, and the Overture has become one of the most popular pieces in the concert hall repertoire.
Stavinsky’s ballet score Petrushka, detailing the turbulent love-life of a puppet amidst the bustle of a Russian shrove-tide fair, is fast-paced, and is said to paint a series of evocative musical pictures.
Tickets for this concert start at £16. Concessions, pre-booked children and students, schools and standby student rates are all available, from £5 per ticket.
Or if you’ve never been to a Classical Music Alive concert, you can book a £10 Test Drive ticket. Contact the box office on 0118 960 6060 to book, or for more details.