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The Hallé

Klaus Mäkelä conductor | Víkingur Ólafsson  piano

Wednesday 25 September 2019 2.15pm

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Event Timings

Main Entrance Doors: 11.30am
Auditorium Doors: 1.45pm
Concert Start: 2.15pm
Interval: 3.00pm
Second Half: 3.20pm
Concert Finish: 4.10pm

All timings are approximate and are subject to change.

The Hallé

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Beethoven Overture: The Creatures of Prometheus 5’
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 35′
Shostakovich Symphony No.5 46′

Beethoven’s exhilarating overture to his only ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus, starts the season and heralds Hallé debuts by two young Nordic artists. Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä may only be 23, but he’s already Chief Conductor Designate of the Oslo Philharmonic, while Víkingur Ólafsson has been described by the New York Times as ‘Iceland’s Glen Gould’. He plays Beethoven’s youthful, ambitious First Piano Concerto. After a savage, very public, dressing down by Stalin, Shostakovich responded with his Mahlerian Fifth Symphony. Superficially a traditional symphonic journey from tragedy to triumph, in reality it’s a work of subtle, undercover ironic defiance with hidden references known only to Shostakovich, as if he is saying ‘don’t you dare tell me what to write’.

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