Classical Music and Opera

The Hallé

Thu 1st Jan 1970 12.00am
The Hallé

BEETHOVEN       Egmont Overture
BRAHMS                Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No.2 ‘Little Russian’

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor
Simone Lamsma violin

We are delighted to welcome Ryan Wigglesworth in his first season as the Hallé’s Principal Guest Conductor. His wonderfully Romantic programme starts with Beethoven’s famous tribute to Count Egmont, the Habsburg hero whose execution started a war. Brahms’ songful Violin Concerto, composed in the summery Alps, draws on his love of vibrant gypsy music and is packed with tunes. Simone Lamsma has attracted praise all over the world for her interpretation of this concert favourite, and is guaranteed a magnificent Blackburn reception at the end of the rousing finale. ‘The whole company could almost have torn me to pieces in their delight’, wrote Tchaikovsky after a preview of his bright Second Symphony at a St Petersburg soiree. Nicknamed ‘Little Russian’ – referring, not un-controversially, to Ukraine – each of its four movements quotes Ukrainian folk songs, ending in typical Tchaikovsky style guaranteed to produce a great ovation.

Pre-concert talk: The Hallé’s Principal Guest Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth in conversation with Geoffrey Owen, the Hallé’s Head of Artistic Planning.  The Kathleen Ferrier bar will be open from 6pm with the talk commencing on the raked seating at 6.30pm.  Please note these talks are free of charge and non-ticketed.  Capacity is limited and entrance will be on a first-come first-served basis.



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