Timeless Vaughan Williams meets fateful Tchaikovsky and a blast of Finnish forcefulness. The Russians are coming – and how.
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev
Violin Jennifer Pike
Tchaikovsky might have thought his 5th Symphony a failure but posterity has begged to differ. And like the 4th Symphony you can hear in December when the LSO comes a-calling, it too wrestles with fate. Applying balm is Vaughan Williams’ simultaneously ‘ancient and modern’ Tallis Fantasia, premiered up the road in Gloucester Cathedral not long after the Sibelius Concerto, whose ever-changing moods suggest a kind of Scandinavian film noir.
The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra has Pyotr Ilyich hardwired into its DNA and multi-award-winning Vladimir Fedoseyev has been at the helm for nearly half of its distinguished lifetime. For the Sibelius however the spotlight falls on a young British violinist, a former BBC New Generation Artist, whose recording of the work with the Bergen Philharmonic prompted The Herald to acknowledge “a molten intensity which will break your heart”
Accompanying Chamber Concert:
Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
Tue 11 Oct 2016, The Lantern, 7.30pm
Tickets: £8, or £5 incl. booking fee when bought with a ticket to this concert