Sat 6 April
Leeds Town Hall (Victoria Hall), Leeds Town Hall
Orchestra of Opera North
Dalia Stasevska - conductor
Ana Maria Labin - soprano
Lutosławski - Musique funèbre Listen
Strauss - Four Last Songs Listen
Bruckner - Symphony No 7 Listen
Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Brian Newbould.
The concert will be finished by approximately 9.35pm.
Under the baton of Dalia Stasevska, the Orchestra of Opera North presents a programme on the
theme of reflection. Lutosławski’s searingly intense Musique funèbre is an early milestone that leaves a deeply emotional impact.
Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs are the composer’s gloriously serene and transcendent swansong, with reflections on life and death woven throughout. The vocal lines, performed here by acclaimed Romanian-born soprano Ana Maria Labin, are a beautiful contemplation of life, and renowned as some of the most stunning song settings in the canon.
There are few finer culminations to a symphony than the ending of Bruckner’s seventh, and the great adagio is a song of farewell. Bruckner’s music was given little appreciation in his lifetime, but the Seventh Symphony was an exception; an unqualified success at its premiere in 1884, it remains one of his most popular works.
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)