Karen Gomyo, violin
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8, Unfinished
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3
Immerse yourself in a programme of three great works of German Romanticism, conducted by the Philharmonia's Principal Guest Conductor, Jakub Hrusa.
The two completed movements of Schubert's Symphony No. 8 are an object lesson in orchestral writing. Opening with a whisper from cellos and double basses, the music bubbles up into what a critic at the first performance described as 'a sweet stream of melodies... so crystal-clear that you can see every pebble on the bottom'.
Mendelssohn's much-loved Violin Concerto, too, brims with lyricism. Mendelssohn wrote it for his childhood friend Ferdinand David, leader of the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra, and it quickly attained the status it retains today as one of the essential works in the violin repertoire.
Brahms was at the height of his powers when he composed his Third Symphony, no longer assailed by self-doubt as he was with his First (performed on 4 November 2018). He built into each movement the motif F - A flat - F, standing for his personal motto 'Frei aber Froh', 'free but happy', and created a masterpiece, full of intensity and drama as well as moments of quiet, reflective beauty.
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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