The Halle’s assistant conductor Jonathon Heyward makes his debut at The Bridgewater Hall as he opens the orchestra’s 10th November performance with Mendelssohn’s famous Hebrides Overture.
Mendelssohn’s briny Hebrides Overture was inspired by a storm-tossed voyage to Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa.
The programme also sees James Ehnes giving a rare performance of Bruch’s Second Violin Concerto. Its wealth of great melody and virtuoso writing makes for fascinating comparison with its hugely popular predecessor.
Fascinating too is Jealousy by Janáček, a passionate work originally conceived as the overture to his opera Jenůfa. Many interpreted Vaughan Williams’s stormy Sixth Symphony as a ‘war symphony’ after its premiere in 1944, though he strenuously denied this. Instead, the composer likened its hushed final epilogue to Prospero’s line in Shakespeare’s The Tempest: ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.’