Part of RPO 12/13Thursday 1 November 2012
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini, symphonic fantasia after Dante
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto in D, Op.35
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 (Pathétique)
An irresistible programme full of romance and colour.
Tchaikovsky tells the sad tale of Dante's Francesca da Rimini in his compelling orchestral fantasy.
Celebrated violinist Nicola Benedetti performs the gorgeous Violin Concerto by Korngold, which sweeps the listener along in a stream of lush orchestral sounds, vibrant violin lines and rich harmony. The work was dedicated to Alma Mahler, widow of Korngold's mentor, Gustav Mahler.
Then we are treated to Tchaikovsky's glorious Pathétique Symphony. After an opening full of dark mystery, the music blossoms into one of Tchaikovsky's finest themes, overflowing with bittersweet longing and heart-felt passion.Performers
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Diego Matheuz conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin