Thursday 17 Oct 2013, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin
Stravinsky Four Norwegian Moods
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony
Rarely heard in concert, Tchaikovsky’s gripping Manfred Symphony was inspired by Lord Byron’s poem about a guilt-ridden mountain dweller who summons seven spirits in the vain hope they might help him forget the past. The music’s lurching from uncontainable elation to inconsolable despair is the perfect foil for the rhythmically cool, neoclassical soundscapes of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto and the simply styled folk melodies of the Four Norwegian Moods.