Elgar's Violin Concerto


Friday 26 & Saturday 27 April 2024, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Elgar’s Violin Concerto

Edward ELGAR Violin Concerto (48 mins)
Allegro molto

Interval (25 mins)

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.12 The Year 1917 (39 mins)
Revolutionary Petrograd (Moderato – Allegro –)
Razliv (Allegro – L’istesso tempo – Adagio –)
Aurora (L’istesso tempo – Allegro –)
The Dawn of the People (L’istesso tempo – Allegretto – Moderato)

Alpesh Chauhan conductor
Laurence Jackson violin

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Margaret Seares. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

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This performance is recorded for broadcast Saturday 15 June, 1pm (AWST) on ABC Classic. Date subject to change. For further details visit

Did you know?

Elgar's father owned a music shop and was a church organist who taught his son piano, organ, and violin; apart from this instruction, Elgar was basically self-taught as a musician.

Elgar's violin concerto has a reputation as one of the most difficult in the violin repertoire because of its use of constant multiple-stopping, fast and unorthodox string crossings, and massive, rapid shifting around the instrument.

Elgar said of the work: "It's good! Awfully emotional! Too emotional, but I love it!”

Shostakovich originally planned to become a pianist. He wanted to both write and perform music, intending to follow the path hewn by Rachmaninoff.

Living under the strict regime of the Soviet Union, Shostakovich faced challenges expressing himself freely. However, he managed to infuse subtle rebelliousness into his music.

Shostakovich was fond of incorporating cryptograms, or musical codes, into his compositions. He frequently encoded his initials (DSCH) and other musical motifs into his works

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