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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Bomsori Kim (violin) and Vasily Petrenko

Tuesday April 18, 2023 at 19:30
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
£11.50 - £38.50
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  1. Finlandia - Jean Sibelius
  2. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Op 35 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  3. Excerpts, from Romeo and Juliet Op 64 - Sergey Prokofiev

Vasily Petrenko returns with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a programme of heavy-hitters. Sibelius’s Finlandia was so stirring a flag waver for Finnish independence that the ruling Russian authorities continually fought to keep it off concert platforms. Tchaikovsky yielded to no-one as a melodist and his 1878 Violin Concerto – the piece that restored his spirits after the breakdown of his ill-starred marriage – has its soloist soaring through some of his most inventive and persuasive music. The brilliant young Korean violinist Bomsori Kim brings her fearlessly expressive playing to the Royal Concert Hall for the first time.

One of the most versatile of Russian composers, Sergey Prokofiev courted notoriety at the start of his career, but a return to his homeland in the 1930s forced him to work uneasily within Stalinist politics. His ballet score to Romeo and Juliet dates from this period and its vivid characterisation, melodic strength and rhythmic élan quickly established it not only as the greatest ballet score of the day but also an all-time classical favourite. Using all the colours of the orchestra, Prokofiev vividly captures the all-consuming passion of the star-crossed lovers and the fierce skirmishes of their warring families.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Dr Joanne Cormac, University of Nottingham, introduces the programme.

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