A London Symphony with the Hallé

Wednesday 14 March 2012 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

The Hallé
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Andrew Gourlay conductor*
Imogen Cooper piano

Strauss: Wind Serenade* 10′
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18, K.456 29′
Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony 43′

Vaughan Williams didn’t just get his inspiration from skylarks and folksongs. He took traffic sounds, street-cries and the Westminster chimes, and turned them into A London Symphony – complete with cabbies, nightclubs and fog. It’s a gloriously colourful showcase for Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé – one of the great musical partnerships of recent years – and with Imogen Cooper bringing her unique poetry to Mozart’s lovely B-flat Piano Concerto, we’re looking forward to an evening of really magical music-making.

Review by Andrew Clements, Guardian:

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…      ” There was no hiding that dimension of anguish in Elder’s superbly comprehensive account, whether in the paroxysms of the first movement – the Hallé brass wonderfully secure – or in the last slow fade of the finale. Even the moments of ebullience in the scherzo seemed to take on a sardonic edge.”     …

Review by John Gough, Birmingham Post:

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…     “This was a wonderfully responsive evocation of the capital, full of vitality. (I have never heard better playing of the quicksilver scherzo). Full, too, of poetic feeling and a tragic awareness of a world on the brink of catastrophe. Everything was here from ultra quiet string textures and distinguished solos, rising in the finale to brass playing ecstatic in its power and nobility.”       ***** 

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