‘A web of sound that delights and fascinates the ear’, was The Times verdict of Adès’s fizzing curtain-raiser, a Hallé commission for the celebratory opening of The Bridgewater Hall when he was the orchestra’s Composer in Residence.

Berg’s stunning music drawn from his opera, Lulu, is all but a symphony in name, including at its heart the song of the enigmatic protagonist herself, as much a victim as femme fatale, which will be sung by Anna Prohaska. From the previous generation of Viennese masters, Mahler’s First Symphony reflects his vision of a symphony embracing the world: from the sounds of nature and peasant dances, to folksongs, military and hunting calls and a funeral march. The concert will be conducted by Jonathan Bloxham.