Supported by Joscelyn Fox
It was Bruckner himself who labelled his fourth symphony ‘the Romantic’. Designed as an allegorical representation of the Austrian countryside, the symphony evocatively instils a vision of the wonders of the natural world upon the listener. Full of harmonic ingenuity, sweeping melodies and orchestral grandeur, Bruckner’s symphonies often concentrate on particular combinations of instruments. Here, particularly in the Scherzo, the sound of the horn dominates the symphony, the instrument’s timbral properties carrying the Romantic connotations first acquired in Weber’s Der Freischütz. The Grawemeyer Award winning Violin Concerto by Unsuk Chin completes the programme, a piece described by the judging committee as “a synthesis of glittering orchestration, rarefied sonorities, volatility of expression, musical puzzles and unexpected turns”.
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Sep 29 2013, 15:00 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, Schumann's Piano Concerto and Beethoven's overture to Namensfeier