After an unforgettable Elgar 2 in 2015, Sir Mark Elder’s eagerly anticipated return remembers Shakespeare 400 alongside a Czech slant on a brave New World and an electrifying pianist who’s something of a conjuror (International Record Review).
Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture Hamlet
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World
Conductor Sir Mark Elder
Piano Benjamin Grosvenor
Shakespeare year isnt quite over yet and the Hallé has a brush with the Bard as Tchaikovskys brooding psychodrama prefaces a masterly essay in transformation – some two decades in the making by a man Saint-Saens called the incontestable incarnation of the modern piano. After Liszt we head Stateside for Dvořáks postcard From the New World to the Old; a missive mingling homesickness, wide-eyed wonder, and a radiance that refuses to be contained.
2015 was quite a year for Benjamin Grosvenor. His album Dance picked up the BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award, and shortly after wowing the Last Night of the Proms, his Carnegie Hall debut persuaded the New York Times to hail the boy lord of the piano… Mr Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy. He joins a Hallé that, under Sir Mark Elder these past 16 years, has been enjoying a second golden age to rival the Barbirolli era.
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