The atmospheric opening of Sibelius’ only concerto casts an immediate spell of mystery. The solo violin emerges out of a murmuring bed of strings, with a long, yearning theme of ever-growing intensity, which continues to be developed throughout before reaching the thrilling, pulsing finale. After a shaky start, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony soon became recognised for the masterpiece it undoubtedly is. He wrote that its subject was “Providence”, more specifically it is a journey from darkness and despair into light and triumph, accomplished partly by the musical character of the individual movements, and partly through a recurring ‘motto’ theme, which appears in different guises. Beethoven’s heroic overture conveys the essence of a profound drama with unforgettable intensity, maintaining a tone of tragedy throughout.

Please note this concert is being livestreamed and some shots will include wide angle views of the audience.

Works and composers

Beethoven Coriolan Overture
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5

In memory of

Osman "Bunny" Azis