Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra
This concert takes its theme from the sub-title of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 12 – The Year 1917. Like his Second Symphony, the Twelfth is dedicated to the memory of Lenin, and was composed and given its first performance in 1961. Its four movements (Revolutionary Petrograd, Razliv, Aurora and The Dawn of Humanity) are played without a break and incorporate a number of revolutionary songs.
Opening the concert is one of Berlioz’s most popular overtures. Composed in 1844 it uses music from the carnival scene in Benvenuto Cellini. Completing the programme, Martyn Jackson joins the orchestra for a performance of Dvorák’s Violin Concerto No 1, a work dedicated to and written with the help of Joachim.