Viktoria Mullova, violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
A great live performance of Tchaikovsky's final symphony is among the richest emotional experiences in classical music.
The composer himself called it 'the best thing I have composed or will ever compose', and to many listeners it encompasses hope and despair, joy and heartbreak, life and death.
At the height of his powers, Tchaikovsky overturned many of the conventions of the symphony. The second movement, which at first sounds like a graceful waltz, in fact has an unsettling five beats in a bar, the third ends with a blaze of brass and percussion which would have made the perfect triumphant finale, and the actual finale, marked 'Adagio Lamentoso', ends with a devastating descent into silence.
But first, violinist Viktoria Mullova brings her exceptional musicianship to Sibelius's Violin Concerto. It casts its spell with soulful melody, rhythmic power and flights of virtuosity.
Mullova is a regular collaborator with conductor Paavo Järvi, whose most recent performance with the Philharmonia was praised for "absolute precision, full-bodied sound, a lethal punch" (The Times).
The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The Orchestra's home is Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, where it presents over 50 performances each year. Six other residencies across the UK bring the Philharmonia to a wide national audience. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.
The Philharmonia was founded in 1945. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. Salonen has been Principal Conductor since 2008. Jakub Hrusa and Santtu-Matias Rouvali are Principal Guest Conductors and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Royal Festival Hall stands at the heart of Southbank Centre complex. Opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain, the Hall is one of the world's leading performance venues. As well as the auditorium, the building consists of The Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre Shop, several places to eat and drink, and the Saison Poetry Library.www.southbankcentre.co.uk
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