Saturday 11 May 2019, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London
Philharmonia Box Office : 020 7921 3907
Paavo Järvi conductor
Viktoria Mullova violin
BEETHOVEN Overture, Egmont
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
A great live performance of Tchaikovsky’s final symphony is among the richest emotional experiences in classical music.
The composer himself called it ‘the best thing I have composed or will ever compose’, and to many listeners it encompasses hope and despair, joy and heartbreak, life and death.
At the height of his powers, Tchaikovsky overturned many of the conventions of the symphony. The second movement, which at first sounds like a graceful waltz, in fact has an unsettling five beats in a bar, the third ends with a blaze of brass and percussion which would have made the perfect triumphant finale, and the actual finale, marked ‘Adagio Lamentoso’, ends with a devastating descent into silence.
But first, violinist Viktoria Mullova brings her exceptional musicianship to Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. It casts its spell with soulful melody, rhythmic power and flights of virtuosity.
Mullova is a regular collaborator with conductor Paavo Järvi, whose most recent performance with the Philharmonia was praised for “absolute precision, full-bodied sound, a lethal punch” (The Times).
ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE
- Prices: £58 (premium); £45; £36; £28; £19; £12
- Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
- Running time: 140 minutes, including 20-minute interval
- Please note: This performance is on a Saturday