Halle to perform Strauss double bill

The Halle
The Halle

The Halle return to Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall for an eagerly-awaited performance, to take place on Wednesday, November 27.

The concert is to start at 7.30pm and will be conducted by Markus Stenz.

Four pieces will be played - Beethoven’s First Symphony, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 9, plus two early tone poems by Richard Strauss - Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

The acclaimed German pianist Lars Vogt is to be the soloist in the Piano Concerto, one of the first great Classical-era concertos.

Beethoven’s First Symphony was written 20 years after the Mozart work and is full of exuberance from the talented young composer, embarking on one of the greatest of all symphonic cycles.

Moving forward to 1889, the story of Don Juan provided Richard Strauss with an early chance in his career to unveil a talent for opulent orchestration, depicting a dark hero who was both a swashbuckling adventurer and a sensual lover.

By way of contrast, there’s little that is heroic about Strauss’s incorrigible trickster Till Eulenspiegel, whose nose-thumbing antics drive his neighbours to distraction.

But you’ll find it impossible to resist Till’s misadventures when Strauss’s larger than life score makes them sound like such great fun.

There will be a free pre-concert talk by Markus Stenz from 6.30pm.

Then, 20 minutes after the main performance, there will be free admission to Halle ticket holders (£3 for non-ticket holders), After:Hours takes place.

It will feature Halle soloists plus actor Will Finlason in a performance of Schonberg’s Verklarte Nacht.

This was Schoenberg’s earliest major work and its intense beauty is a far cry from the harder sounds of his later years.

The Richard Dehmel poem that inspired the work for string sextet will be ready by Will Finlason.

Tickets for the main concert are £10-£32.50.

They are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555 or by going to www.trch.co.uk