In a concert from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Andrew Gourlay leads the Halle in Strauss's Serenade for Wind. Mark Elder then conducts Holst's The Hymn of Jesus.
Live from Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Sir Mark Elder conducts the Hallé in Elgar's Second Symphony and Holst's Hymn of Jesus.
The words of Shelley inspired in Elgar some of his most personal works, above all in the Second Symphony whose score is headed with Shelley's words 'Rarely, rarely comest thou, Spirit of Delight', suggesting the music's restless and tragic character, optimism giving way to resignation and a deep nostalgia for vanished times.
In The Hymn of Jesus, Holst looked to a diverse range of sources for his inspiration. With its plainchant and euphoric dance rhythms. The Hallé's outstanding Assistant Conductor, Andrew Gourlay opens with the young Richard Strauss's radiant Serenade.M
R. Strauss: Serenade for wind*
Holst: The Hymn of Jesus
Hallé Youth Choir
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Andrew Gourlay, conductor*.
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