Jakub Hrůša – conductor
Lisa Batiashvili – violin
Franck Le Chasseur maudit
Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1
— Interval —
Brahms Symphony No. 2
Brahms’s sunlit Second symphony crowns a programme glowing with orchestral colour, conducted by Philharmonia favourite Jakub Hrůša.
After struggling for years with his First symphony, Brahms wrote his Second on a summer holiday beside an Austrian lake. He sent the score to a friend, who wrote back: “It is all rippling streams, blue sky, sunshine, and cool green shadows.” The gentle melody of Brahms’s Wiegenlied (Lullaby) flows through the first movement. Peace pervades the central movements too, and the finale radiates a joyful energy.
Polish composer Karol Szymanowski threw out the Romantic rule-book when he wrote his Violin Concerto in 1916. It’s a continuous 25-minute poem, rapturous and ecstatic violin writing accompanied by delicate, impressionistic orchestration. Lisa Batiashvili’s “pure, gorgeous tone and fabulous technique” (New York Times) are the perfect match for this shimmering jewel of the violin repertoire.
To open the evening, Hrůša has chosen Franck’s lively tone-poem telling the story of a nobleman who defies God by going hunting on a Sunday. Hunting horns battle with church bells as he hurtles through the countryside, pursued by demons.
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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 50 minutes, including 20 minute interval
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717