Saturday 12th October 2019
Leeds Town Hall, Leeds
Tickets £39.22, £37.10, £32.86, £25.44, £19.08, £14.84 Over 60s: £1.50 off; Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off (prices include 6% booking fee)
Finzi - The Fall of the Leaf
Bruch - Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor
Elgar - Symphony No.1
James Ehnes, violin
The existing piano score of The Fall of the Leaf was only partially orchestrated when Finzi died in 1956. Completed by a friend and fellow composer of Finzi’s, the work is elegiac in nature, evokes the English countryside, and stirs listeners much like Holst’s Saturn does. Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 was his most successful work and is ever popular today, twice being voted No.1 in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame. The concerto opens with a dazzling first movement that leads seamlessly into an oasis of calm, before closing with a rousing Hungarian-style finale. The Hallé’s 1908 premiere of Elgar’s Symphony No.1 in Manchester was a massive success; within weeks performances would be heard throughout the world – pre-internet! The patriotic symphony has found its way into some unlikely places, including the 2005 Wallace and Gromit film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Dan Holden.