DVOŘÁK Overture: Othello
BRUCH Violin Concerto No 1
ELGAR Symphony No 2
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Nikolaj Znaider violin
London Symphony Orchestra
Part of the 2017/187 Season
Rousing musical characterisations, dazzling virtuosic violin writing and 'the passionate pilgrimage of a soul' fill this concert.
Dvořák’s overture, originally one of three written together, is not a faithful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, but portrays the love and emotions that are central to the drama with the rousing, spectacular coda depicting the outcome of Othello's suicide.
Bruch was a master at writing for stringed instruments, and this concerto allows the violin to shine. With dazzling virtuosic passages and heart-breaking romantic themes, the concerto became so popular that it overshadowed everything else Bruch wrote.
More complicated and opulent than his first, Elgar's Second Symphony was written in memory of King Edward VII who died in 1910. It ‘glows with a strange, veiled radiance and reveals his true colouristic genius,’ says critic Tom Service.