National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

08 April 2017

Tickets: £33.50, £30.50, £28, £22, £16.50, £12.50 (discounts available)
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Music by Shostakovich and Revueltas.

​Leeds Town Hall

Concert begins at 7.30pm

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Carlos Miguel Prieto - conductor
Sheku Kanneh-Mason - cello (BBC Young Musician 2016)

Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No 1 Listen
Revueltas – Suite: Night of the Mayas Listen
Shostakovich – Symphony No 5 Listen

Shostakovich composed his first cello concerto in 1959 for Rostropovich, who learnt the work in just four days for the premiere. It is one of the most difficult works for cello, and arguably one of the most popular of the 20th Century.

Revueltas wrote the soundtrack to 1939 film La Noche de los Mayas, telling the story of a tragic love triangle between two members of a Mayan tribe and an explorer. The kaleidoscopic film score became his most famous work.

Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was written at a difficult time in his life, following the unsuccessful premieres of his highly criticised opera, Lady Macbeth, and his ballet, The Limpid Stream, which were both considered too complex. His music had been banned by Stalin and he was under pressure to please a government he detested. However, in a change of fortune, it was said that there was a forty minute standing ovation after the first performance of this symphony.

'When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something.' Shostakovich

Pre-concert talk 6.45pm
Albert Room
George Kennaway discusses the evening’s works.
Entry is free to ticket-holders for the concert but space is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

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