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‘A web of sound that delights and fascinates the ear’, was The Times verdict of Adès’s fizzing curtain-raiser, a Hallé commission for the celebratory opening of The Bridgewater Hall when he was the orchestra’s Composer in Residence. Berg’s stunning music drawn from his opera, Lulu, is all but a symphony in name, including at its heart the song of the enigmatic protagonist herself, as much a victim as femme fatale, which will be sung by Vera-Lotte Boecker.
From the previous generation of Viennese masters, Mahler’s First Symphony reflects his vision of a symphony embracing the world: from the sounds of nature and peasant dances, to folksongs, military and hunting calls and a funeral march.
Thomas Adès – These Premises Are Alarmed
Berg – Lulu Suite
Mahler – Symphony No.1
Vera-Lotte Boecker, soprano