It forms the mainstay of War and (troubled) Peace, a highlight in the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert series Belief and Beyond Belief, which it sees as an exploration of “being human in the 21st century”.
Conducted by Alain Altinoglu, the orchestra will open with Tchaikovsky’s spectacular 1812 Overture, a piece written in memory of Russia’s victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Borodino. Famous for its evocation of thundering ordnance and charging cavalry it is probably one of the most recognisable pieces of music ever written. Poor Tchaikovsky loathed its popularity.
Schumann’s Violin Concerto from 1853 is an altogether more introspective piece, partly a product of the composer’s own struggles with mental illness. Unknown for 80 years, it was 'discovered' against the wishes of his descendants and wickedly presented as an example of Aryan purity by Nazi propagandists in 1937. No such associations persist today, leaving its inner fragility and lyrical beauty unsullied.
In this performances, the distinctive Patricia Kopatchinskaja is the soloist.
|Beethoven's Eroica, Royal Festival Hall
|Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP
On 08 Nov 17, 7:30 PM – 9:45 PM
|£10 - £65