TCHAIKOVSKY Francesca da Rimini
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.6, 'Pathétique'
An irresistible programme full of romance and colour. Tchaikovsky tells the sad tale of Dante's Francesca da Rimini in his compelling orchestral fantasy. Celebrated violinist Nicola Benedetti performs the gorgeous Violin Concerto by Korngold, which sweeps the listener along in a stream of lush orchestral sounds, vibrant violin lines and rich harmony. The work was dedicated to Alma Mahler, widow of Korngold's mentor, Gustav Mahler. Finally we are treated to Tchaikovsky’s glorious 'Pathétique' Symphony. After an opening full of dark mystery, the music blossoms into one of Tchaikovsky's finest themes, overflowing with bittersweet longing and heartfelt passion.
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