London Symphony Orchestra

Fate Beckons

“Mozart is sunshine,” observed Dvorák, but there are clouds on the horizon as two sassy Salzburg concertos yield to the heaving maelstrom of Tchaikovsky’s troubled symphony.

Mozart Violin Concerto No.1
Mozart Violin Concerto No.4
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4

Conductor/ Violin Nikolaj Znaider

Fate issues a brassy challenge at the outset of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. “It hangs above the head like the sword of Damocles”, he told his patron: “an invincible force that can never be overcome – merely endured”. A potent pizzicato Scherzo and firecracker of a Finale hint at more than mere endurance though. And as London’s flagship orchestra makes a long overdue return, two youthful concertos by the teenage Mozart allow Nikolaj Znaider to multitask in style.

The LSO played to an audience of some 4 billion on the opening night of the London 2012 Games. Things are a little more intimate tonight. Danish violinist and Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra Nikolaj Znaider demonstrates his versatility. “Spine-tinglingly good” was The Times’ verdict on his conducting, while The Chicago Herald maintains that “not since the young Gidon Kremer has a violinist caused such a stir as Nikolaj Znaider”.

Please note: Due to scheduling conflicts within the venue, the Inside the Music Pre-Concert talk with Jonathan James will not be taking place and we apologise for any disappointment caused. The Pre-Concert talks will resume as usual on Tuesday 24th January ahead of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and we look forward to seeing you then.

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