Music

THE BRIDGEWATER HALL

Wed 16 Jan 2013
1.10 pm

Tickets: £9.00

Concert featuring works by Claude Debussy and François Poulenc

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Manchester Mid-day Concert

  • Joseph Tong
  • Waka Hasegawa
  • Britten Introduction and Rondo alla Burlesca Op.23
  • Debussy Two Nocturnes (arr. Ravel)
  • John McCabe Two Scenes from Edward II
  • Poulenc Sonata for two pianos

Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa are widely regarded as one of this country’s leading piano duos, whose musical partnership is characterised by a creative approach to the music they play.

THE BRIDGEWATER HALL

Wed 23 Jan 2013
1.10 pm

Tickets: £9.00

Concert featuring music by Olivier Messiaen
Alexander Soares, piano

Manchester Mid-day Concert

  • J.S. Bach Partita No. 5 in G BWV 829
  • Liszt Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
  • Messiaen Regard de l’esprit de joie from Vingt regards sur L‘Enfant Jésus


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London-born Alexander Soares has chosen to make his Bridgewater Hall debut with a wide-ranging programme traversing three centuries.

THE LOWRY THEATRE, SALFORD

Tuesday 12 March and Friday 15 March 2013
Lesley Garrett makes her return to the operatic stage in a work of stark emotional honesty. Through the lone voice of the woman, François Poulenc expresses all the pain and fear of rejection.
La Voix Humaine
Francis Poulenc (1959) [You Tube clip]
New production
A woman is sprawled alone on her bed. ‘It looks like the scene of a murder’ said Jean Cocteau, who wrote the play on which Poulenc’s opera is based. But the woman isn’t dead. She gets up and makes to leave, when the phone rings. It is her ex-lover. During the next 40 minutes we hear one side of an increasingly desperate conversation in which the woman tries anything to win him back.  But it’s no use – she can’t get through to him. He hangs up, and she’s left whispering ‘Je t’aime’ to nobody.
La voix humaine is short in length, but not on emotional impact. Through the lone voice of the woman, Poulenc expresses all the pain and fear of rejection in the rawest fashion, whilst enveloping her voice in music of caressing warmth and sensuality. Lesley Garrett makes her return to the operatic stage in a work of rare originality and stark emotional honesty.
Sung in English
Lasts approximately 40 minutes
La Voix Humaine is presented in a double-bill with Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell.

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