A new generation of music makers lie at the heart of the Hallé’s newly
announced 2013-14 season.
Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall will play host to nearly seventy Hallé events
from September this year, with another forty around the country including
the Orchestra’s acclaimed residencies in Nottingham, Sheffield, Bradford and
Strauss’s Voice will again bring Manchester’s orchestras together, to
celebrate all thirty-nine of Richard Strauss’s orchestral songs, performed
by the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata over nine concerts. The centrepiece of the series will be a joint concert, by the Hallé and the
BBC, which will include a performance of the mighty Ein Alpensinfonie.
Joining the three orchestras are some of the greatest singers in the world
including Soile Isokoski, Inger Dam-Jensen, Hillevi Martinpelto, Anne
Schwanewilms, Roderick Williams, Susan Gritton, Alexander Vinogradov and
In a season which celebrates the anniversaries of both Verdi and Britten,
the Hallé continues to look forward, with two world premieres. John Casken’s
Oboe Concerto is the first in a series of commissions designed to showcase
the virtuosity of the Orchestra’s Principals, and Ryan Wigglesworth will
conduct the premiere of his revised Violin Concerto. The Casken Oboe
Concerto will be performed in a concert that also includes Bartók's
Miraculous Mandarin and Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins.
Some of Britain’s most exciting young conductors will feature throughout the
season, including Hallé Assistant Conductor Jamie Philips (the youngest
person to hold the post), alongside two of his predecessors, Andrew Gourlay
and Rory Macdonald, both now in demand across the world.
Beginning his thirteenth season as Music Director, Sir Mark Elder leads the
orchestra through a series of musical landmarks. In November, Verdi’s
bicentenary takes centre-stage with a distinguished cast of soloists, in an
exploration of three of Verdi's last operas. Simon Boccanegra (we will
perform Act I), Falstaff (Act II Scene I) and Otello (Act III), were all
collaborations with Verdi’s great librettist Boito. The concert will be
preceded by an hour-long specially commissioned event exploring the unique
relationship between these two great artists.
Sir Mark opens the Hallé’s Thursday Series on 3 October with Britain to
America, a sequence of pieces composed by Britten in 1942 for a series of
NBC radio plays in the USA, and receiving their first performance together
in this country. Sharing the programme is one of Shostakovich's most
imposing symphonies, No. 7, the 'Leningrad'.
Choir and Orchestra combine on 29 March in another symphonic highlight, when
Sir Mark Elder conducts his first performance of Vaughan Williams's A Sea
Symphony with Roderick Williams and Katherine Broderick, and the two
ensembles come together later in the season under Hallé principal guest
conductor Markus Stenz for Brahms's profoundly humanistic German Requiem.
The Hallé's Opus One concerts – for over fifty years some of the Orchestra’s
most popular – will now include a series of nine Wednesday afternoon
concerts that launches on 25 September conducted by Sir Mark and featuring
soprano Lesley Garrett in a luscious combination of Barber, Bax and Elgar.
Stephen Bell, recently appointed Associate Conductor of the Hallé Pops,
conducts typically wide-ranging concerts, ranging from An Evening with James
Bond (28 December) to an evening of romantic classics for Valentine's Day.
Sir Mark and the Hallé Chorus and Orchestra end the season (22 May) with one
of the greatest of all symphonies: Mahler's 9th, which is prefaced by
another valedictory piece of searing beauty: Nänie by Brahms.