David Greed writes: Anthony and I welcome you to the 2019/20 season of concerts.
This season we present soloists 'old and new'. Sophie Rosa will return to play Elgar’s Violin Concerto – surely the greatest test of a violinist’s abilities, and a piece of music very close to the heart of this author. Mary Plazas is singing the delightful songs which make up Les nuits d’été by Hector Berlioz. And I am delighted to present Alex Hamilton (principal horn Opera North), who will play the first of Richard Strauss’s two horn concerti.
Sinfonia da Requiem was written by the 26-year-old Benjamin Britten in 1940 and is his largest purely orchestral work. It was commissioned by the Japanese government but eventually rejected. The highly emotional and atmospheric nature of the work suggests that it was written more as a memorial to his parents and as a reaction to the developing menace of war.
Ravel’s colourful and imaginative orchestration of Mussourgsky’s piano work, Pictures at an Exhibition,and symphonies by Schubert, Beethoven, Borodin,Sibelius and Shostakovich, complete the line-up of works in this the 47th season of concerts in the life of the Sinfonia of Leeds.
Tony Kraus and I hope sincerely that you will enjoy every moment.
The brochure for the year can be downloaded here