Sunday 28 Apr 2013, 3pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Venue Box Office: 0844 875 0073
Kazuki Yamada conductor
Vadim Repin violin
Liszt Les Préludes
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
‘Between 1864 and 1868 I rewrote my Violin Concerto at least half a dozen times,’ despaired Max Bruch, although the glorious work, played tonight by Vadim Repin, that emerged became a runaway bestseller. The only problem was he’d accepted a one-off payment and lost out on a fortune in royalties! If Bruch stood on the traditional Romantic wing, Liszt and Berlioz spearheaded a ‘New Music’ movement that sought to open up new and exciting realms of expression. Les Préludes became the most popular in a remarkable series of orchestral dramas Liszt described as ‘symphonic poems’, while in his Symphonie fantastique Berlioz threw the rule-book out the window with a series of drug-crazed imaginings.