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The Hallé returns to Sage Gateshead with Sir Mark Elder

Posted on 27 January 2016

Leading symphony orchestra, the Hallé returns to Sage Gateshead, joined by their Principal Conductor and internationally renowned artist, Sir Mark Elder.

A regular feature in Sage Gateshead’s classical season, next month the Hallé return for something a bit out of the ordinary. The orchestra will be joined by its Principal Conductor, and Hexham-born star, Sir Mark Elder, as they bring a heavyweight symphonic programme to Sage One.

Sage Gateshead’s current classical season explores the mastery or Jean Sibelius; to this the Hallé bring their symphonic warmth, performing the Finnish composer’s First Symphony. An intensely personal work, the composer combines musical elements that pay homage to his homeland as well as to the recently departed music tsar, Tchaikovsky. The result is a work of immense richness, grand gestures and vibrancy.

Star baritone Roderick Williams joins for Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, a selection of songs evoking Germanic folklore in which the loss of children was a dark undercurrent. Williams has recently been announced to take the lead in the ENO premiere of Michel van de Aa’s latest opera Sunken Garden, and has recently shared the stage with Sally Matthews and the Philhiarmonia for Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony.

The orchestra will be conducted by its Principal Conductor Sir Mark Elder. A real presence on stage, Elder has made his name in the industry through his work with the English National Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and BBC Symphony Orchestra, whilst maintaining a close working relationship with the Hallé since his appointment as Music Director in 1999. This is the conductor’s third visit to Sage Gateshead with the orchestra, his last featuring the Sibelius Violin Concerto:

“Coming back to Sage Gateshead always gives me special pleasure. The Hallé is one of the high-points of my career as a musician, and I’m always thrilled to bring this wonderful orchestra to the North-East, where I was born. Perhaps for this reason I’m also particularly excited by this superb concert hall. This time, we’re bringing three incredibly striking pieces by Rachmaninov, Sibelius and Mahler, whose unforgettable song-cycle ‘Kindertotenlieder’ will be sung by Roderick Williams, a worthy successor to Sir Thomas Allen as one of the finest baritones this country has produced!”

The programme opens with Rachmaninov’s tone poem Isle of the Dead, a truly haunting and atmospheric work that never fails to send a chill down the spine.

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