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BBC Philharmonic

BBC Philharmonic

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BBC Philharmonic
Omer Meir Wellber - conductor
Simone Lamsma* - violin

Wagner - Prelude to Act I: Lohengrin Listen
Sibelius - Violin Concerto Listen
Brahms - Symphony No 1 Listen

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Judy Blezzard.

*We’re sorry to announce that Sergei Krylov is indisposed. Leeds International Concert Season and BBC Philharmonic are grateful to Simone Lamsma for stepping in at short notice.

Despite being a violinist himself, Sibelius only wrote one violin concerto. The premiere was a disaster – Sibelius was suffering from alcoholism and had rushed to finish the piece. Neither the soloist nor the orchestra was prepared to perform the extremely difficult score and Sibelius eventually revised the work to make it less demanding. However, it soon became one of the most popular works in the Romantic concerto repertoire.

Brahms was under immense pressure when he wrote his first symphony and he put it off for many
years for fear of comparison to Beethoven. Despite Brahms’ confession that it took 21 years to write the piece, it didn’t take long for critics to draw similarities with Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, an observation to which Brahms retorted, “any ass can see that!”, and the work soon became known as ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’. The similarities are strongest in the final movements of both pieces, although during composition Brahms said he was thinking of John 14:10: “I am in the Father, and the Father is in me.”

The concert will be finished by approximately 9.25pm.



A £38.16, B £36.04, C £31.80, D £24.91,          
E £18.55, O £14.31 
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off
(including booking fees)

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