The Hallé – To Glorious John at The Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé – To Glorious John
The Bridgewater Hall
12th May 2022

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The Hallé - To Glorious John

Stravinsky – Concerto for piano and wind instruments
R. Strauss – Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Elena Langer – Figaro gets a Divorce
Vaughan Williams – Symphony No.8

Sir Mark Elder

Steven Osborne, piano

A terrific Hallé programme starting with Stravinsky’s Concerto for piano and winds in which he looked back to Bach. Sir Mark describes the outer movements as having ‘such fun with plenty of cut and thrust’ and a slow middle movement of ‘intimacy and tenderness’. Steven Osborne gained critical plaudits for his recording of the work and the Hallé is delighted he’s coming back to perform it. It’s followed by Till Eulenspiegel, Strauss’s virtuoso symphonic poem vividly recounting the hero’s ‘merry pranks.’ Elena Langer’s colourful and immediate music follows with her concert suite from her lauded opera Figaro gets a Divorce. Continuing the Vaughan Williams symphonic cycle, Sir Mark conducts the witty Eighth Symphony which was premiered by the Hallé under Barbirolli with the composer inscribing the dedication to ‘Glorious John’.

Tuning Up – 6.30pm
Join Sir Mark Elder and David Butcher in conversation about the Vaughan Williams cycle and next season at the Hallé – Free to concert ticket holders

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