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Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre was the second of four operas comprising ‘The Ring’ of which ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ was a dramatically striking moment. Immediately after its first performance the public clamoured to have it performed separately as a concert item. Although at first Wagner wouldn’t allow that to happen, he relented eventually, whereupon it became the number one hit for the composer. Once those fearsome horsewomen have galloped out of the West Road Concert Hall, we can immerse ourselves in the much more nuanced delights of Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel. The other Sheherazade, by Rimsky-Korsakov, served as an inspiration for Ravel but otherwise, the works are unconnected. Ravel’s version comprising a cycle of three songs will be sung by the internationally acclaimed soprano, Susan Gritton, whose celebrated career embraces opera, oratorio and the concert platform as well as an illustrious discography. ‘An Alpine Symphony’ by Richard Strauss demands an orchestra of up to 120 players, several performing off-stage. It describes a journey of a day’s duration through the wild Alpine terrain – an adventure Strauss actually experienced as a young man. The scale and power of this symphony brought its composer notoriety and praise in equal measure. It is seldom performed outside the major concert halls, so don’t miss this opportunity to bathe in Strauss’s unique exploration of romance in sound.
Admission: £18, £16 (concessions), £8 (students), £5 (under 14)
- Phone: 01223 300085 (12:30 - 16:00 on Monday, 12:30 - 19:00 Tuesday - Friday, and 15:00 - 19:00 on Saturday).
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