|Blackburn’s Classics Season continues with a combination of Mozart and Mahler featuring The Hallé Orchestra on Friday 10th November 2017 at King George’s Hall.
Ryan Wigglesworth has rapidly established himself as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He is currently Composer in Residence at English National Opera and held the Daniel R. Lewis Composer Fellowship with the Cleveland Orchestra for the 13/14 and 14/15 seasons. As a conductor he is equally at home and much sought after in repertoire ranging from the baroque to the present day. His recent recording with the Hallé of orchestral works by Harrison Birtwistle received awards from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines, was chosen as a disc of the year by Time Out New York and was included in The Sunday Times Best Discs of 2011.
Ryan will begin the evening at the piano with acclaimed soprano Joanne Lunn performing Mozart’s Aria for Soprano and Orchestra ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te’ (‘Should I forget you’). The two soloists interact exquisitely in one of the greatest declarations of love in all music.
Joanne studied at the Royal College of Music in London and was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal.
Completing the first half of the concert is Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 which was also influenced by opera and exudes both tenderness and impish humour.
The second half of the concert is Mahler’s magnificent Fourth Symphony, his most touching and lyrical. The first movement recalls Mozart’s classical style, the second evokes the grim fiddler of German folklore and the third is a sublime slow movement. Finally comes a setting of poetry depicting a child’s vision of paradise, with sweets in profusion and bread baked by angels.
A pre-concert talk is also available at £3 and is free to pre-concert supper diners.