Hallé Orchestra

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A fitting finale for Sir Mark Elder with the Hallé Orchestra | Brief letters
Brief letters: Final bow and bouquet | The Rakes: gentlemen players | Scottish football | Sunak’s plight | Farage’s backup plan

04, Jun, 2024 @5:14 PM

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Elgar: Symphonies Nos 1 & 2 album review – warmth, refinement and conviction
These performances are as fine as any currently available on disc, and a testament to the deep musical relationship that Mark Elder’s has built over 24 years as director of the Hallé

Andrew Clements

23, May, 2024 @2:00 PM

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Hough/Hallé/Elder review – Americana, jazz and virtuosity in debut for piano concerto
Stephen Hough’s new, nostalgia-themed work enjoyed its European debut with Mark Elder and the Hallé very much on form in their final months together

Andrew Clements

16, May, 2024 @11:29 AM

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Simon Boccanegra review – vast forces bring Verdi’s ‘fiasco’ to vivid life
Opera Rara joined with the Hallé under Sir Mark Elder for this semi-staged performance of the original version of Verdi’s opera

Sarah Noble

19, Apr, 2024 @10:31 AM

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Hallé/Adès review – an exhilarating and magnificent partnership
The Hallé’s playing was triumphant as Thomas Adès oversaw a challenging programme including a rare Tippett masterpiece and new work from Oliver Leith, while the conductor’s own piece was an immense statement

Andrew Clements

07, Apr, 2024 @1:21 PM

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Steve Reich festival review – Colin Currie and the Hallé ease into the groove
The Hallé’s celebration of the 87-year-old composer, curated by percussionist Colin Currie, opened with masterly performances of his intricate works, including the shimmeringly beautiful Music for Ensemble and Orchestra

Clive Paget

02, Feb, 2024 @12:10 PM

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Who’s got time for customer reviews? Brief letter
Brief letters: Taking a dim view | That petrol emotion | Cockerel on tape | Rush-hour concerts

29, Oct, 2023 @4:15 PM

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Hallé/Elder review – enthralling vision of Mahler’s ninth
Opening his last season with the Manchester orchestra, Mark Elder’s reading of Mahler’s final completed symphony was full of individual character, drama and splendidly vulgar playing

Clive Paget

22, Sep, 2023 @12:13 PM

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The week in classical: Itch; Semele; Prom 16: Hallé/Elder – review
Jonathan Dove transforms Simon Mayo’s ripping yarn into an exhilarating instant classic; it’s Thebes by way of Port Talbot in Adele Thomas’s Glyndebourne debut; and all hail the Hallé

Stephen Pritchard

29, Jul, 2023 @11:30 AM

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Prom 16: Hallé/Elder review – orchestra and conductor seem to think, breathe and feel as one
Mark Elder marshals huge forces to bring compelling depths and power to Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony in an unmissable performance

Flora Willson

27, Jul, 2023 @11:40 AM

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The week in classical: Manchester Classical; Alice Sara Ott and Friends: Quartet for the End of Time – review
The Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and Manchester Collective join forces in an enticing new weekender for their home city. Elsewhere, breathless, barefoot revelations with Messiaen

Fiona Maddocks

01, Jul, 2023 @11:30 AM

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Hallé orchestra/Stasevska review – Beethoven’s wit and Sibelius’s passion
A programme of Sibelius, Andrea Tarrodi and Beethoven – with soloists Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Benjamin Grosvenor and Hyeyoon Park – saw the Hallé on magnificent form, conducted with flair and grace

Rian Evans

22, May, 2023 @11:40 AM

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