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Alpesh Chauhan, Music Director of Birmingham Opera Company, is a rising star: ‘This was a strong debut’, The Times commented about his Hallé concert last year. Thomas Adès’ residency with the Hallé is launched with his Three-Piece Suite, drawn from his brilliant comic opera, Powder Her Face.
Its plot centres around Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, whose notorious sex life, exposed during her divorce proceeding in 1963, caused a scandal. Scattered with witty allusions to waltzes, foxtrots and tangos, Adès composed a score ‘boiling with life’ (The Sunday Times). Fate and the inscrutable design of Providence dominate Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which he translated into a powerful work, often turbulent, but ultimately transformative. Its slow movement is blessed with one of the most glorious horn solos in the entire orchestral repertoire.