Sat 2 December
Orchestra of Opera North
Garry Walker - conductor
Elena Urioste - violin
Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Julian Rushton
The concert will be finished by approximately 9.30pm
As a young composer, Britten took a job to score films including a short documentary. Efficient and creative, he borrowed music written by Italian composer Rossini and expanded it for full orchestra. Given the film was only five minutes long lots of Britten's music was discarded, which he then turned into Soirées Musicales.
Mozart composed his fifth and final Violin Concerto when he was just twenty one years old. Inspired by many boyhood trips to Italy, the piece is infused with enchanting forms borrowed from Italian operas and orchestral works. A surprising thematic change to characteristically Turkish music in the finale movement, gives the concerto its nickname ‘The Turkish’.
Of Elgar’s First Symphony, Hans Richter proclaimed “Let us now rehearse the greatest symphony of modern times, written by the greatest modern composer - and not only in this country". The first performance of Elgar’s much anticipated symphony was a massive success, with performances taking place all over the world within weeks of the premiere, a hundred performances worldwide within that year.
Leeds’ internationally acclaimed orchestra presents an evening of music where a common thread of stylistic experimentation - sometimes playful, sometimes audacious - unites the works of three markedly different composers.
A £37.10, B £34.98, C £30.74, D £24.38, E £18.02, O £13.78