Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto


Michael Tilson Thomas: 50th Anniversary

Thu 14 Nov 2019 7.30pm - 9.40pm
Barbican Hall, London

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
PROKOFIEV Symphony No 5

Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Nicola Benedetti
London Symphony Orchestra

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The LSO’s Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas celebrates an incredible 50 years of conducting the Orchestra, with Russian masterpieces and a heartfelt original composition.

By turns elegant, jazzy and cacophonous, Tilson Thomas’ own Agnegram is a playful but heartfelt tribute to a friend, premiered by San Francisco Symphony in 1998. The Orchestra is joined by Nicola Benedetti for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, a work that brims with melodies – from its gorgeous opening to its explosive folk-dance finale.

Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony was premiered in Moscow in 1945 and, stating his intent to the Soviet authorities, the composer said that the Fifth would be ‘a work about the spirit of man’. Prokofiev’s fine, glassy textures swell to brilliant climaxes in arcs across the Symphony. The music is also imbued with Prokofiev’s signature humour, heard in the sarcastic wind solos and martial percussion of the Scherzo.


Generously supported by The Atkin Foundation

Celebrating 50 Years

Sun 10 Nov Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet
Wed 13 Nov Half Six Fix: Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony
Thu 14 Nov Prokofiev's Fifth and Tchaikovsky with Nicola Benedetti
Sat 16 Nov Orchestral Artistry Workshop-Performance: Stravinsky

Pre-concert performance

6pm, Barbican
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

Guildhall musicians perform a recital of Russian song ahead of the LSO’s performance of music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

Mussorgsky Where are you little star

Prokofiev 5 poems of Anna Akhmatova (selection)
   Bravely forward        

Rachmaninov The Dream
   How long, My Friend
   The Harvest of Sorrow

Rimsky-Korsakov The Maiden and the Sun      

Tchaikovsky At the ball
   Don’t believe, my friend
   The stars looked tenderly upon us
   I greet you all, you forests
   None but the lonely heart                          

Alexander Fritze bass
Kamil Bien tenor
Holly Brown soprano
Achinoam Keiser piano