Leonidas Kavakos, violin
BARBER First Essay
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
ELGAR Symphony No. 3
Hear John Wilson conduct Elgar's visionary final symphony, alongside Korngold's Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos.
Left unfinished at the time of his death, Elgar's Third Symphony ranks among the greatest pieces of British music ever written. The sweeping music traces a journey from an opening march through to a wistful dance in its second movement, on to an evocative adagio of searing intensity. Elgar's masterful writing speaks directly to the listener: his symphony builds to an emotional climax in the final movement, before fading away to nothing. The symphony was completed by Anthony Payne, and first performed in 1998.
Where Elgar's music formed Britain's musical heart, Korngold's bridges two worlds: trained in the European tradition, he found his home in Hollywood. Virtuosic and playful, but sincere and heartfelt, his Violin Concerto is magic made into music. Performed tonight by Leonidas Kavakos - "superbly articulate and incisive, yet rapturously lyrical" (The Guardian) - the piece moves through jigs, romances and adventure, all with ravishing melodies taken from Korngold's own film scores.
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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