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Hallé’s New MCR Season: 2014-15

Great choral masterpieces and all six Shostakovich concertos

Written by . Published on May 27th 2014.

Hallé’s New MCR Season: 2014-15

THE Hallé’s 2014-15 Manchester season presents a fascinating showcase for the repertoire’s great masterpieces, as well as offering two world premieres.

All six of the performed concertos of Shostakovich will showcase the talents of some of the world’s most acclaimed soloists

Ravel’s sumptuous ballet Daphnis et Chloé and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis form the bookends of a season including all six of Shostakovich’s concertos: Mahler’s First and Fifth Symphonies, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Holst’s The Planets, Tchaikovsky’s complete Nutcracker. 

Musical director Sir Mark Elder’s own appearances include Haydn’s Nelson Mass (19 Feb) and Elgar’s The Spirit of England (6 Nov), Daphnis et Chloé  (9 Oct), and the Missa Solemnis (6 Jun) typically placing voices alongside the orchestra, those of the Hallé Choir and others.

The concert celebrating 500 years of the Manchester Grammar School (16 Apr) features the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s A Celestial Map of the Sky: 1515, written for the young voices of the School and the Hallé Youth Choir.  

The spoken voice too makes an appearance, when young actors from the Manchester School of Theatre narrate Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (21 May). 

All six of the performed concertos of Shostakovich will showcase the talents of some of the world’s most acclaimed soloists including violinists Viktoria Mullova and Henning Kraggerud, cellists Jian Wang and Alisa Weilerstein. The two Piano Concertos are given by the young British star, Benjamin Grosvenor, in one concert (21 May).

For the full Hallé season details see here.

Tickets here.

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