Sunday 5 June 2016

Tempting mix and a birthday: The Halle's 2016-17 season

Sir Mark Elder and the Halle
Sir Mark Elder and the Halle
The Halle's 2016-17 season at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester presents a tempting mix of large-scale Romantic works including Wagner's Das Rheingold, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius and Schoenberg's Gurrelieder alongside new pieces by Ryan Wigglesworth and Huw Watkins.

Sir Mark Elder will be conducting Wagner's Das Rheingold with Ian Paterson as Wotan, Susan Bickley, Emma Bell and Christopher Purves. Elder celebrates his 70th birthday by conducting an all Elgar programme including Symphony No. 1,  plus a performance of The Dream of Gerontius with David Butt Philip, Sasha Cooke and Ian Paterson. Elder will also be conducting RVW's Sixth Symphony and he brings the season to a rousing close with Schoenberg's mammoth Gurrelieder when the Halle joins forces with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with soloists Brandon Jovanovich, Emily Magee and Alice Coote.

Principal guest conductor Ryan Wigglesworth’s concerts include a programme of seminal twentieth century works connected by the outbreak of World War II, including Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man,  Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Tippett’s Child of our Time with Sophie Bevan and Mark Padmore. Wigglesworth will also be conducting his own piece, Locke's Theatre alongside Bruckner's Ninth Symphony. Locke's Theatre was premiered in Aldeburgh in 2013 at the Benjamin Britten Centenary concert and takes as its starting point the music which Matthew Locke wrote for Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Huw Watkins' Symphony will be receiving its premiere a programme alongside Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2.

Full details from the Halle's website.

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