John Wilson - conductor
James Ehnes - violin
Enjoy two of the finest works ever written by British composers. Elgar said that his First Symphony spoke of "a massive hope in the future" - this is music that packs a real emotional punch.
WALTON Violin Concerto
ELGAR Symphony No. 1
Elgar himself said that his First Symphony spoke of "a wide experience of life... and a massive hope in the future."
Premiered in 1908, when Elgar was 51 years old, the work was an immediate success. Over a century later, it would still top many people's lists of the finest music ever written by a British composer. Full of passion and poignancy, and characteristically noble melodies, this is music that packs a real emotional punch.
The Philharmonia first recorded Walton's Violin Concerto in 1950, with Walton himself conducting and Jascha Heifetz as soloist. Following in Heifetz's footsteps is Canadian James Ehnes, "a violinist in a class of his own" (The Times). Every aspect of his outstanding musicianship, from dreamy lyricism to exuberant virtuosity, has its moment in this expressive masterpiece.
John Wilson is a regular guest conductor with the Philharmonia. His most recent performance with the orchestra, streamed during lockdown, received five-star reviews and was acclaimed for his "impeccable direction" (The Times).
The Philharmonia is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
Founded in 1945, in part as a recording orchestra for the growing home audio market, the Philharmonia has always pioneered the use of technology to reach broader audiences for orchestral music. During the Coronavirus pandemic, it has continued to create outstanding performances, experienced online by listeners on five continents.
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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