Thursday 4 Apr 2013, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Paavo Järvi conductor

Lisa Batiashvili violin

Haydn Symphony No. 85, La Reine

Brahms Violin Concerto


Sibelius Symphony No. 1

Tonight’s concert celebrates the music of three great symphonists at the height of their powers. La Reine (‘The Queen’) is the fourth of Haydn’s six magnificent ‘Paris’ symphonies, which earned its nickname as it was a particular favourite of Queen Marie Antoinette. Sibelius’s First established the Nordic symphonic tradition at a stroke, its desolate opening clarinet solo finding emotional release in a surging, impassioned score of captivating emotional power. Brahms also synthesised the sounds of a solo instrument with music on a symphonic scale in his Violin Concerto, which virtuoso Bronislav Huberman characterised memorably as ‘a concerto for violin against orchestra – and the violin wins!’