The Hallé - Sir Mark ElderFriday 17 May 7:30pm Classical Music Family Music
Venue: Royal Concert Hall
Running time: Doors open at 6pm. Running time: 2 hours, estimated end time: 9.30pm
Age Guidance: 7+
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+
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Sir Mark Elder conductor
Stephen Hough piano
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Butterworth A Shropshire Lad
Elgar Enigma Variations
You don’t often hear concerts by two knights, but this starry Hallé performance unites Sir Mark Elder with Sir Stephen Hough for a concert that mirrors the preceding Philharmonia concert on 1 May. This time it’s Brahms’s more fractious First Piano Concerto that provides the first half of this performance. Bearing the imprint of Beethoven, whose heir he’d be proclaimed by his mentor Robert Schumann, the tempestuous opening of this expansive masterpiece also reflects the trauma of Schumann’s attempted suicide and his platonic love for Schumann’s wife, Clara.
Two emotive English classics complete the programme. Poignancy colours Butterworth’s heartfelt orchestral rhapsody, A Shropshire Lad, which, although written just before the First World War, seems to prefigure the national sense of loss, including his own untimely death. Elgar’s Enigma Variations embraces a much wider range of moods, transforming its ‘mystery’ theme into a vibrant portrait gallery of his friends, all brilliantly characterised by his unrivalled ear for orchestral colours. As you’d expect from Elgar, there’s great grandeur but also huge affection, not least in its magnificent centrepiece, Nimrod, arguably the most stirring sound to have emerged from these isles.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Sir Stephen Hough in conversation.
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