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Sunday matinees: Hrůša conducts Beethoven and Szymanowski

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 18 April 202115:00

After struggling for years with his First Symphony, Brahms wrote his Second on a summer holiday beside an Austrian lake. He sent the score to a friend, who wrote back: “It is all rippling streams, blue sky, sunshine, and cool green shadows.” The gentle melody of Brahms’s Wiegenlied (Lullaby) flows through the first movement. Peace pervades the central movements too, and the finale radiates a joyful energy.

Polish composer Karol Szymanowski threw out the Romantic rule-book when he wrote his First Violin Concerto in 1916. It’s a continuous 25-minute poem, rapturous and ecstatic violin writing accompanied by delicate, impressionistic orchestration. Lisa Batiashvili’s “pure, gorgeous tone and fabulous technique” (New York Times) are the perfect match for this shimmering jewel of the violin repertoire.

To open the evening, Hrůša has chosen Franck’s lively tone-poem telling the story of a nobleman who defies God by going hunting on a Sunday.

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