Elim Chan – conductor
Sergey Khachatryan – violin
Grieg Two Elegiac Melodies
Sibelius Violin Concerto
— Interval —
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Three composers reminisce in tonight’s evocative programme.
The three movements of Rachmaninov’s brilliant Symphonic Dances are a masterclass in orchestral writing, giving every instrument from the piccolo to the contrabassoon a chance to shine. Maybe aware that this would be his last completed work, Rachmaninov seems to be showing us how far he has come. He quotes passages from his First symphony, and writes a singing, soulful melody for a relative newcomer to the orchestra, the alto saxophone.
Sibelius once hoped to become a professional violinist. He pours all his love for the instrument, and his understanding of its capabilities, into a concerto of great depth and emotional power. It’s well suited to the “almost unreal beauty” (Los Angeles Times) of Sergey Khachatryan’s playing.
To open, Elim Chan has chosen Grieg’s orchestrations of two of his songs, The Wounded Heart and The Last Spring, in which the protagonist looks back over a long life. Writing for a string ensemble divided into eight parts, Grieg’s rich, expressive arrangements conjure up the poet’s passion for life, beauty and nature.
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Prices & Discounts
£12 – £58 (premium)
Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
1 hour 45 minutes, including 20 minute interval
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