More Celebratory than Elegiac
Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra
at the opening of the
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall season,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER
Ravel presided like a tutelary deity over the opening of the new Nottingham Royal Concert Hall season (Nottingham, UK, 17 October 2017), with two of his most popular works in the first half, and his orchestration of Musorgsky's Pictures From an Exhibition in the second. The Hallé Orchestra and conductor Mark Elder served up a vibrant opener with a reading of Rapsodie Espagnole that had plenty of subtle, delicate moments — pastel shades alongside the strong primary colours. Their soft, gentle 'Prélude à la Nuit' set up an expectant atmosphere that carried over into an incisive 'Malagueña'...
Copyright © 28 October 2017