Full of marvellous tunes, Tchaikovsky’s concise mini symphony balances the hatred between the Montagues and Capulets, and the passion of the young Romeo and Juliet in a work of emotional intensity and heartbreaking beauty. Bruch’s concerto was his first major work, yet it is one of his best – a rich, wonderfully lyrical expanse of music offering melodies tailor-made for the violin and explosive technical fireworks in equal measure. Capturing a heartfelt romantic allure with its lush and memorable themes, excellent solo writing, and impeccable pacing, it remains a favourite with soloists and audiences alike. Considered by many to be Dvořák’s greatest symphony, the Seventh marked an important milestone in his creative life. It was also the earliest of his nine symphonies to have captured and held popular approval, and it remains unsurpassed among his works for profundity of conception and consummate craftsmanship. Its dramatic flow from one movement to the next, each filled with a pent-up sense of inner tragedy and strength, is remarkable – a succession of inspired melodies are woven into an unbroken chain of majestic music with amazing emotional appeal.

 

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

Works and composers

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Bruch Violin Concerto No.1
Dvořák Symphony No.7

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