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Prom 31: Hallé, Coote, Elder, Royal Albert Hall

The levels of refinement now exhibited by the Hallé, the stylishness and elegance of the playing, is alone a measure of the special relationship that they and Mark Elder have cemented over the last decade and a half. The opening bars of Berlioz’ Le corsaire came off the page like a manifesto for French sensibilities … [Read More]

Posted on 10/08/2014
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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Elder, Royal Festival Hall (Review)

The natural logic of this heady mix of first and second Viennese utterances was turned on its head with Webern’s early tone poem Im Sommerwind opening like a breathy premonition of the autumnal second song of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. Pantheism ruled as Mark Elder and the London Phiharmonic Orchestra, through a … [Read More]

Posted on 24/01/2013
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Prom 37: Elgar “The Apostles”, Hallé Orchestra & Choirs, Elder – Review*****

For those of us who have always regarded The Apostles as the least of Elgar’s great trilogy of religious oratorios the magnificence of Mark Elder’s Hallé performance will have coaxed if not demanded re-evaluation. The Albert Hall is, of course, a wondrous place in which to unfold these multitudinous happenings if – and it’s a … [Read More]

Posted on 11/08/2012
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Prom 9: Hallé Orchestra, Elder, Royal Albert Hall

Homecomings, real and imagined, marked out this season’s Hallé Prom. For Sibelius, brazen horn fanfares and myriad string ostinati carried us at the gallop to the heart of the Finnish heartlands. Everything in his rarely performed Scènes historiques – Suite No.2  is seen, or rather heard, with absolute clarity. We are a long way from … [Read More]

Posted on 22/07/2011
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Elgar “The Kingdom”, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Elder, Barbican Hall

Elgar’s The Kingdom arrives in the heat of inspiration on a surge of orchestral magnificence. A glorious theme representing “New Faith” is announced in the strings, as noble and aspirational as anything Elgar wrote. If his own faith was compromised at the time of composition (as we are reliably informed) then there is certainly no … [Read More]

Posted on 31/01/2011
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