‘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.
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall
Jun 29 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Mahler’s mighty Symphony of a Thousand to close the season.
Jun 26 2014, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the music of his homeland in this all-Finnish programme.