The Hallé with Klaus Mäkelä and Vikingur Ólafsson

Klaus Mäkelä conductor
Vikingur Ólafsson piano

BEETHOVEN Prometheus: Overture 5’
BEETHOVEN 
Piano Concerto No. 1 36’ 
Interval 
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 44’


The Hallé, under the baton of the brilliant young Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä, opens the season in scintillating style. Beethoven was instinctively drawn to the Prometheus myth and the music he wrote for a ballet based on it, including its overture, is suitably heroic and uplifting.

Vikingur Ólafsson was recently described by Gramophone as a “breathtakingly brilliant pianist” and was a dual winner at the 2019 BBC Music Magazine awards. Tonight he is soloist in Beethoven’s First Concerto, a piece influenced by the music of Haydn and Mozart that is also stamped with its composer’s own
forceful personality.

Debate still rages as to whether Shostakovich’s legendary Fifth Symphony is genuinely ‘a Soviet artist’s reply to just criticism’, as the composer once described it, or a work that encodes subversive political messages. Either way, it is a towering monument of 20th-century music.

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Opening Times

On: 21/09/2019

7pm

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Tickets from £33.04 (inc. booking fee)