Sat 10 February
Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall
Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by David Fligg
The concert will be finished by approximately 9.30pm
The years 1878–80 are often described as Antonín Dvořák’s ‘Slavonic period’, during which he was particularly inspired by Slavonic folk music of the time. The Slavonic Dances were inspired by Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and are considered amongst his most popular works. Dvořák’s Violin Concerto is without doubt a masterpiece, containing some of his most haunting melodies and its central theme is one of the finest creations in the concerto repertoire.
The best known tune in all Dvořák is the main theme from the second movement of the Symphony No 9 – it was the music from the old Hovis ads, with the cloth-capped little lad pushing his bike up the cobbled road past the coal pits. The influence from his time in America is clear, where Dvořák wanted to understand the ‘music of the people’.
The Czech Philharmonic’s mastery of its instruments goes hand in hand with the ability to contribute its skill towards the ensemble’s unified, inimitable sound.
A £37.10, B £34.98, C £30.74, D £24.38, E £18.02, O £13.78