Elgar’s epic Violin Concerto was composed for the celebrated Viennese virtuoso Fritz Kreisler, who shortly before giving the 1910 world première in London vowed “I will shake the Queen’s Hall!” He obviously had the desired effect as according to one reviewer, “for a quarter of an hour they called and recalled the man [Elgar] who had achieved a triumph not only for himself, but also for England, and hailed him as master and hero.” Elgar’s own opinion was that “It’s good! Awfully emotional! Too emotional...but I love it.” Beethoven’s passion was for the countryside. “You ask me where my ideas come from” he once noted, “they come to me in the open air, in the woods, while walking, in the silence of the night, early in the morning”. The Pastoral Symphony, with its unambiguously bucolic movement titles, is the composer’s attempt to set these sounds and scenes in notes on paper.
More concerts with Ashkenazy
May 01 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Prokofiev's score to Sergei Eisenstein's 1944 film Ivan the Terrible
Oct 20 2013, 15:00 - Royal Festival Hall
Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts Holst's The Planets, Delius's The Walk to the Paradise Garden and Grieg's Piano Concerto