The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder have rather claimed Elgar as their own, and The Sunday Times insists “they have few rivals in this music”.
Conductor Sir Mark Elder
Piano Martin Stadtfeld
Mozart Magic Flute Overture K. 620
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor
Elgar Symphony No. 2 in E-flat
The Hallé have a history of dazzling performances of Elgar, winning a string of awards under current Music Director Sir Mark Elder. Their CDs of The Apostles won last year’s BBC Music Magazine Recording Of The Year. Tonight they traverse some of the most heartfelt, noble and troubled music he ever wrote in the emotionally complex Symphony No. 2. Before hand, acclaimed German pianist Martin Stadtfeld scales Mendelssohn’s mercurial Piano Concerto No. 2 .
Inside The Music talk
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket
Jonathan James talks Elgar with conductor Sir Mark Elder.
Watch Jonathan as he takes a closer look at Mozart’s The Magic Flute overture: