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Manchester Art Fair 2024

Across The North - Events

07 Mar 2024

The Hallé - Espana

The Hallé


Delyana Lazarova conductor
Craig Ogden guitar

Programme includes:
Chabrier España – Rhapsody for orchestra
Bizet Carmen: Suite No.1
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Piazzolla Libertango
Ravel Boléro

Curiously, it’s often been French composers who’ve expressed the Spain’s essence, as in Chabrier’s España, inspired by folk musicians he heard there on holiday. Bizet showed similar flair in his opera, Carmen, the colourful Suite No.1 concluding with the famous Toreadors’ March. But to capture the country’s soul, turn to a Spaniard: Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, performed by an always welcome Hallé guest, guitarist Craig Ogden. At its affecting heart is the slow movement’s wonderful melody infused with flamenco fire. After a brief visit to Argentina for Piazzolla’s exuberant Libertango, the concert culminates in another Frenchman’s take on Spain, Ravel’s Boléro. But Basque blood coursed in that composer’s veins, influencing his most popular work.

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The Bridgewater Hall
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