Ravel Rapsodie espagnole
Debussy Rhapsody for Clarinet & Orchestra
Elgar Enigma Variations
“I go all over the world to work with marvellous orchestras” says Sir Mark Elder, “yet still I miss the Hallé, what we have together. They know the way I work, they play so beautifully, they retain their curiosity … You can take musical risks.”
After 17 years together, Elder and his Manchester orchestra are one of the great musical partnerships of our time. But hear for yourself, in a concert that could have been designed to show a great orchestra at the top of its game.
Ravel’s Boléro and the flamboyant Rapsodie espagnole are all about colour (though the tunes certainly stick in your head too!), while Debussy’s lovely Rhapsody makes a beautiful showcase for the Hallé’s stunning young principal clarinet Sergio Castelló López. As for Elgar’s Enigma Variations – well, the piece that gave the world Nimrod hardly needs introduction, and Elder and the Hallé have this music in their blood.