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Sacha Rattle Brings His Clarinet To St George’s Hall

L’ORCHESTRA dell’Arte continues its Breaking New Ground musical journey later this month, with another celebrity concert at St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

The centrepiece of the concert features clarinettist Sacha Rattle (son of Liverpool Conductor Simon Rattle).  Sacha has become an established soloist since his highly-acclaimed solo Berlin debut in 2009. He is now a well-known figure on the international festival scene, appearing in Europe and the Far East. As well as concerto concerts, Sacha is also a very keen chamber musician.

In the concert, Sacha will be playing the Second Concerto for Clarinet by Weber.  The concerto was written in 1811, and is scored for a standard classical orchestra. The concert starts with the concert overture The Hebrides or Fingal’s Cave by Felix Mendelssohn.  This piece was composed in 1830 inspired by Mendelssohn’s visit to the Isle of Staffa in the Hebrides. This work is a typical Romantic era overture, intended as a concert overture, not as a prelude to an opera or play. Mendelssohn had been invited to perform in England in 1829. During this tour, he extended his travels into Scotland, and it was while on this journey that he visited Staffa and was deeply affected by the loneliness and grandeur of the scenery.  The work is now an established standard in the orchestral repertoire.

Following the interval, the L’Orchestra dell’Arte will perform the Symphony in C by Georges Bizet.

This work was written by the 17-year-old Bizet and was produced while he was studying at the Paris Conservatoire.   There is a body of opinion that the symphony was part of a student assignment – Bizet showed no interest in having it performed or published, and it was not played in his lifetime. The first performance was not until 1935, in Basel, Switzerland. At the time of its composition, Bizet was a student of Charles Gounod, who had also written a symphony.  There is a possibility that Bizet felt that the Symphony in C resembled that of Gounod, and was worried that audiences might feel that Bizet had copied his mentor’s work too closely.

Whatever the reasons, since its rediscovery and reinstatement in the repertoire, the Symphony in C has charmed audiences whenever it is performed.

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Sunday 22 May 2016

The Concert Room, St George’s Hall

Entrance via North Hall (opposite Walker Art Gallery) St Georges Place, Liverpool, L1 1 JJ

Door Open: 2.30pm

Concert Starts: 3pm

Tickets: £11 (incl. administrative fee) plus £2.25 fulfilment fee per order

All tickets can be purchased at Alternatively call 0844 800 0410.


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