Sat 19 October
Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall), Leeds Town Hall
Please note this concert begins at 7pm
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London Mozart Players
Howard Shelley – conductor / piano
Free pre-concert talk at 6.15pm by Clive McClelland.
Upon graduating, Prokofiev began writing his Symphony No 1 in the style of Haydn, saying “...if Haydn were writing today... he would keep to his way of writing, whilst at the same time incorporating newer ideas. I wanted to compose just such a symphony.”
Mozart’s 25th piano concerto is one of his most expansive, weaving themes from the orchestra into the intricate solo part. The first movement seems to quote the French national anthem which, strangely, wasn’t yet composed, leading some to believe this concerto could have been its inspiration.
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring is a fine example of Bradford-born Delius’ inspiration by all things nature; a hazy atmospheric sound-world depicting a forest. Listen out for the cuckoo calls at the beginning and end of the piece.
Haydn’s Symphony No 104 was the final symphony he composed – of the premier in London Haydn wrote in his diary “The whole company was thoroughly pleased and so was I. I made 4000 gulden on this evening: such a thing is possible only in England!”. The symphony closes with a spirited finale conjuring the cries of London street vendors.
A £39.22, B £37.10, C £32.86, D £25.44,
E £19.08, O £14.84
Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off
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