Now in its 161st Season, the Hallé ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles. Featuring some challenging repertoire, its upcoming 2018-19 Season has just been unveiled. Out of an exciting range of concerts, we have made five top picks, which you can find in our guide below. From Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring to Janáček’s The Glagolitic Mass, you’ll see that these programmes are brimming with landmark pieces. Many will showcase the Hallé players’ impressive virtuosity, such as the well-loved overture to Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. Elsewhere, the sheer power of the Hallé’s combined ensembles is sure to thrill, as in Berlioz’s colossal The Damnation of Faust. Read about all of this and more, below.
Here are our picks
This concert features three highly contrasting masterpieces: ‘The Rite of Spring’ by Igor Stravinsky, ‘Verklärte Nacht’ by Arnold Schoenberg, and ‘Parade’ by Erik Satie, each of which represents a significant landmark in our cultural history.
Part opera, part oratorio, Berlioz’ ‘The Damnation of Faust’ is an epic retelling of the Faust story. Celebrated for its orchestral brilliance, this tempestuous work will be performed by the Hallé for the first time in seventy years.
The Hallé are joined by conductor Jamie Phillips for Mozart’s ‘Paris’ Symphony, John Casken’s ‘Madonna of Silence’, and the centrepiece of the evening, Prokofiev’s ‘Fifth Symphony’.
Sir Mark Elder brings the 2018–19 Opus One Series to a triumphant close with Berlioz’ best-known work, ‘Symphonie fantastique’. Also in the programme is the brilliantly virtuosic overture to Smetana’s ‘The Bartered Bride’, as well as Dvorák’s beautiful ‘Violin Concerto’.