Sunday Classics Season 2017-18
27 May 2018 3pm
Tchaikovsky - Polonaise from 'Eugene Onegin'
Tchaikovsky - Violin concerto
Shostakovich - Symphony no. 5
Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Michael Sanderling, conductor
The Dresden Philharmonic was founded in 1870, and from the outset brought an expressive musical spirit to the city. This grand old orchestra makes a welcome return to the Usher Hall with an intoxicating all-Russian programme.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is one of the most important works for the instrument in the Romantic repertoire. Arabella
Steinbacher brings her charismatic and energetic performance style to this hugely popular work, with the beautiful tone of her 1716 Stradivarius fulfilling coming into its own.
Shostakovich wrote his fifth symphony in the shadow of Stalin’s oppressive communist regime. Despite the circumstances, when he premiered the work it was received extremely well and is now probably the best-loved of the composer’s symphonies. Covering the full gamut of emotions, it’s said that at the first performance members of the audience cried during the emotional third movement. Best bring a hanky just in case.
Tickets £34, £28, £23, £17 and £12.50
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