Sir Mark Elder – conductor
Julian Bliss – clarinet
Elgar Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
2017 is the year of Sir Mark Elder’s 70th birthday, which falls on the same day as Edward Elgar’s. Fittingly then, this concert begins with Elgar’s take on the Baroque concerto grosso, which tests every sinew of its string players’ technique. Another virtuosic challenge is posed by Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto, symphonic in scale and lyrical, even operatic, in style. We’re delighted to welcome back Julian Bliss, for this enthralling Romantic masterpiece. Apart from being the leading Elgarian of his day, Sir Mark is a brilliant interpreter of Tchaikovsky and the Fifth Symphony continues the composer’s preoccupation with fate and deploys his peerless melodic gifts to stunning effect in a heartfelt slow movement, one of his greatest waltzes and an unstoppable marching finale.
Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium with Sir Mark Elder in conversation
20 minutes after the main performance.
Free admission to Hallé ticket holders.
£4 for non-ticket holders
Julian Bliss and the King of Swing
A chance to hear a very different side of Julian Bliss as he performs the music of Benny Goodman with his septet.
Part of the International Concert Season
Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium with Sir Mark Elder in conversationFees £2 for online bookings or £3 for phone & counter sales applies per transaction.
Venue: Royal Concert Hall
Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes
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