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Watkins hoped it would ‘challenge and entertain’ both the Hallé’s players and its discerning audiences, who can now experience its true world premiere. Sir Mark describes Vaughan Williams’s Norfolk Rhapsody No.1 as ‘a little masterpiece’, that makes ‘a perfect upbeat to the symphony.’
Brahms composed his Violin Concerto in the idyllic scenery of Wörthersee where, he quipped, melodies were so abundant he had to take care not to tread on them. Making his second visit to the Hallé, Grammy Award winner, Augustin Hadelich, received a lavish Gramophone review for his ‘richly characterised and subtly coloured account’ of this concerto.
Vaughan Williams – Norfolk Rhapsody No.1
Huw Watkins – Symphony No.2 (WORLD PREMIERE – HALLÉ COMMISSION)
Brahms – Violin Concerto
Sir Mark Elder
Augustin Hadelich, violin