Halle Orchestra: Wigglesworth’s Mozart Tribute
The Bridgewater Hall, 31 October 2019
Mozart and more, much more.
For this exhilarating concert of classical and original compositions, Ryan Wigglesworth (pictured above) conducted the Halle, including in a performance of one of his own works, and played piano with Paul Lewis. A busy evening for him, then, and we certainly got our money’s worth.
Altogether, we heard these four gorgeous works:
- Debussy (orch. Robin Holloway): En blanc et noir
- Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos
- Ryan Wigglesworth: Locke’s Theatre
- Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
The ‘Concerto for Two Pianos’ was my favourite performance, Mozart’s ease and elegance not quite disguising an elfin foreboding. That bad thing probably won’t happen, but anyway do take care. Meanwhile make the most of life.
Ryan Wigglesworth’s own ‘Locke’s Theatre’ draws on the work of the seventeenth-century English composer Matthew Locke, who incidentally was one of Purcell’s teachers. I didn’t know this while listening to it, having assumed that the title referred to John Locke, where his theatre might be the theatre of the mind. There was a frenetic, stream of consciousness feel to it. You could imagine Ideas (some atomic, some more multilayered) getting up on stage to strut their stuff, full-throatily delivering their lines and then exiting, no doubt being pursued by a bear. To be followed by a cry of ‘Next!’
Of the French works, I preferred Ravel to Debussy this time, though actually there were luxuriant moments in both. They were designed primarily to give pleasure, you felt, and in this they succeeded.
Details of future Halle concerts can be found here.