Overture on Russian & Kirghiz Folk Themes Op 115
The Promise of Living
Danzon No. 2
Symphony No. 5
The HSO return to the stage in 2022 with the beloved, the classic 5th Symphony of Tchaikovsky. This is a work that is completely engrossing in a way that only the great symphonic works can be.
It takes the listener on a journey that encompasses the full gamut of human emotion.
In 1963 Shostakovich’s only original composition of that year was the Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes. On a recent visit to the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic to commemorate the centenary of the republic’s ‘voluntary incorporation into Russia’, Shostakovich had promised to write a work to celebrate the occasion.
The experience of the folk music tradition of Kirghizstan appears to have inspired Shostakovich to employ Kirghiz folk melodies in this overture.
The Tender Land was written by Copland under commission to commemorate the League of Composers 30th Anniversary. ‘The Promise of Living’ is the third movement of the Suite.
South American born Marquez’s Danzon No. 2 is a distinctive urban dance from Veracruz region of Mexico. It is rhythmic and spirited, but also nostalgic, even sad, with melodies of smouldering sensuality.