SATURDAY 27th April – BBC Philharmonic with Sir Andrew Davis and Jennifer Pike
Concert at 7.30pm – pre-concert talk at 6.30
To close our 2018/19 season we have a splendid concert from the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, with Jennifer Pike as soloist. The concert starts and finishes with Sibelius, and in between we have works by two of the greatest Russian composers, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
Sibelius’s 6th Symphony is something of an enigma – ‘subtle, mysterious and refined almost to perfection’ – but has been highly influential. In his later symphonies, Sibelius increasingly abandoned the traditional symphonic ‘rules’ and, as he said, ‘let the musical thoughts and their development determine their own form’.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – like his first Piano Concerto – initially had a somewhat rough ride. The original dedicatee, Leopold Auer, at first refused to play it, and the initial response from the public was decidedly mixed. But – again like the Piano Concerto – it has become one of the best loved and most played of violin concertos. To quote one authority: ‘The Concerto’s free-flowing sense of spontaneity, colourful orchestration and immense emotional intensity has made it a staple of the violin repertoire’.
Stravinsky’s Symphony in C is a fairly late work from his neo-classical period, first performed in 1940. Abandoning the highly colourful and original style of his early ballets – Firebird, the Rite of Spring, and Petrushka – he returns to traditional classical forms, though with his own often quirky rhythms and harmonies.
We end with a blaze of colour, in Sibelius’s Finlandia, a short tone poem. A highly nationalistic piece, written in protest against Russian domination of Finland, it ends with a triumphant hymn – one might almost say a Finnish equivalent of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a subscription series concert; you need to buy a separate ticket.
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The Society is grateful to Arts Council England, through its Grants for the Arts scheme, and to South Lakeland District Council for grants for 2018-19. We are also grateful for the support of our President John Summers, CEO of the Hallé.