Friday 25 Oct 2019, 7pmDe Montfort Hall, Leicester

Venue Box Office: 0116 233 3111

Elim Chan conductor

Sol Gabetta cello

Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1

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Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2, Little Russian

Musical fireworks open our Leicester season as Elim Chan returns for fiery Shostakovich ahead of Tchaikovsky's dynamic second symphony.

Elim first conducted the Philharmonia in 2017, on her meteoric rise to a busy international career. She returns at the request of audience members and musicians alike.

Tchaikovsky, on holiday in the Ukraine, worked the folk songs he heard there into his second symphony. The first movement grows out of the haunting melody of ‘Down by Mother Volga’, played first by a solo horn and bassoon, and the energetic finale is a set of variations on ‘The Crane’.

The moods of a very different landscape suffuse Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, extracts from his opera Peter Grimes. In this dark story set on the Suffolk coast, the sea is a constant, implacable presence, whether calm or stormy, at dawn or by moonlight. Britten and his partner Peter Pears, both conscientious objectors, lived in self-imposed exile in the United States from 1939, but it was partly writing this music, said Britten, that made him realise “in a flash… where I belonged”, and they returned to Suffolk in 1942.

At the heart of the programme is Shostakovich’s fiery Cello Concerto No. 1. Widely considered the height of achievement for a cellist, the piece gives the solo horn, and indeed every member of the orchestra, the chance to shine too. Charismatic cellist Sol Gabetta follows in illustrious footsteps – Shostakovich wrote the concerto in 1959 for his young friend, and erstwhile orchestration student, Mstislav Rostropovich.

 

ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE

  • Prices: £37.50; £30.50; £24.50; £18.50; £13.50 (booking fee included in price)
  • Discounts: Subscription discounts available over the phone at 0116 233 3111; £6 tickets available for those aged 25 or under; half-price tickets available for recipients of Universal Credit or Pension Credit
  • Running time: 110 minutes, including 20 minute interval
  • Recommended age: 7+