Nicola Benedetti, violin
MENDELSSOHN Overture, The Hebrides
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
An opportunity to hear Nicola Benedetti's interpretation of Bruch's First Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky's fate-laden Fourth Symphony.
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, known both for her commitment to music education and her fearless playing, is perfectly suited to Max Bruch's impassioned Violin Concerto No. 1. A recent interviewer described Benedetti as "a woman luminous with purpose, whose unfolding musical intelligence and technical artistry surge from every note" (The Economist).
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 emerged from a particularly troubled period of his life, but he wrote to his patron Nadezhda von Meck 'I've never yet felt such love for any of my things... it seems to me that this symphony is better than anything I've done so far'. Between the strident 'fate' fanfare of the opening bars and the fiery energy of the finale come a profusion of emotions expressed in memorable melodies and vivid orchestral textures.
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, with Santtu-Matias Rouvali being appointed Principal Conductor Designate. Jakub Hrusa is their Principal Guest Conductor, 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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