Gemma New & Stephen Waarts

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky

Tuesday 25 October 2022, 19:30

Past Event
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Past Event

Programme

Dvořák Carnival Overture
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Performers

Gemma New conductor
Stephen Waarts violin
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

We are sorry to announce that Alena Baeva is unable to perform on Tuesday 25 October due to unforeseen circumstances. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is extremely grateful to Stephen Waarts for stepping in to perform at such short notice. The programme remains unchanged. 

The great symphonic soundscapes of Tchaikovsky’s orchestral music is closely tied to the theme of ‘Fate’, and the full emotional weight of this motif is heard at its strongest in his Symphony No. 5. Composed ten years after his Fourth Symphony and, despite the composer’s own doubts, it displays Tchaikovsky’s brilliant orchestration and his ability to weave in the folk songs of his homeland, culminating with the ultimate triumph of hope in the explosive final movement of the Symphony.

Shostakovich’s Second Violin Concerto, performed by soloist Stephen Waarts, is reflective of the composer’s music from his later life. The violin takes a confessional and understated tone for much of the piece, and in the instrument’s solo cadenzas the Concerto becomes engulfed in questions of mortality.

Duration: approx. 2 hours (incl. 20-minute interval)

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