Thursday 5 Mar 2015, 7pmKawaguchi Lilia Hall, Saitama
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Hilary Hahn violin
Brahms Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica
Brahms synthesised the sounds of a solo instrument with music on a symphonic scale in his Violin Concerto, which virtuoso Bronislav Huberman characterised memorably as ‘a concerto for violin against orchestra – and the violin wins!’ Beethoven was just putting the finishing touches to his Third Symphony when his hero, Napoleon, declared himself ‘emperor’ and so, in Beethoven’s eyes, became ‘just another tyrant’ – Napoleon’s front page dedication was duly scored out and instead, ‘Eroica’ put in its place. The symphony itself is fuelled with drama, with brutal sforzandos rammed home, harmonic dissonances revelled in as never before, and fizzing virtuosity demanded of the players at every turn.