Mark Simpson Violin Concerto (world premiere, LSO Commission*)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6, 'Pathétique'
Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin
London Symphony Orchestra
* Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra (with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and The Marchus Trust), WDR Sinfonieorchester, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
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Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change
Tchaikovsky’s last symphony and a brand new violin concerto, performed by the one and only Nicola Benedetti.
There’s nothing to match the excitement of a musical imagination entering uncharted territory. Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ Symphony lays heart and soul on the line, and you can almost feel the tears.
What Mark Simpson has to say to us in his brand new Violin Concerto remains to be heard – and tonight, we’ll be the very first people to hear it. This imaginative young Liverpudlian composer has a habit of thinking big, and telling it like it is. With Gianandrea Noseda conducting, and Nicola Benedetti bringing all her unrivalled charisma and communicative power, this could be something very special indeed.
Recorded at LSO St Luke's on Sunday 11 April in COVID-secure conditions.