Elim Chan – conductor
Alina Ibragimova – violin
Anna Clyne Within her arms
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5
— Interval —
Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Elim Chan has been described as ‘a rare example of a young conductor at once brilliant and not in the least showing off’ (The Times). Her elegant precision, combined with a fierce love for music-making that radiates from the podium, have made her popular with Philharmonia musicians and audiences alike. She conducts Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony, one of the composer’s own favourites. This masterly work is full of good humour and dramatic contrasts.
Mozart slipped a few surprises into his Violin Concerto No. 5. After a lively introduction, the soloist puts the brakes on, entering with a soaring, singing line that seems to have escaped from the slow movement. And the finale’s sprightly minuet is interrupted by a vigorous ‘Turkish’ dance. Top soloist Alina Ibragimova makes a welcome return to the Philharmonia for this hugely enjoyable masterpiece.
Chan opens with a piece for string ensemble by a British composer she is keen to champion, Anna Clyne. Clyne’s moving elegy, dedicated to her mother, meditates on grief and the search for solace.
Filmed as live at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Capture date: Thursday 29 April 2021
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When and where
This concert was filmed at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, and will premiere on Friday 13 May 2021 at 7.30pm. It was filmed on 29 April 2021
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