Friday, March 22, 2013
Mahler concert in Manchester
Last night I went to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. There were only two works to be performed: Haydn Symphony 104 ( The London ) and Mahler Symphony no 4. The orchestra was the Halle conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
The first piece was well done, but the Mahler was a glorious performance. For me, at least, it was one of those rare occasions when conductor, orchestra and soloist were as one and it came out in the Mahler symphony. Mark Elder conducted very well and allowed the various members of the Halle to shine. The fourth symphony of Mahler on the one hand is his most accessable symphony, on the other it is quite a show piece and rather demanding. In addition, Mark Elder was able to bring out the contrast between the seemingly simple and rustic and the dark moments that colour the symphony. All in all, one of the best concerts I have been to.
I stopped at a city centre Premier Inn which was almost next door to the Bridgewater Hall!