Polonaise from Eugene Onegin / 4’
Overture Pique Dame / 5’
Violin Concerto / 33’
Symphony No. 5 / 44’
Romance is in the air! And from Russia with love comes an evening of heart-on-sleeve emotions courtesy of the tune-filled genius of Tchaikovsky.
Dancing shoes at the ready (although you’ll have to settle for some vigorous foot-tapping) with the bright, buoyant elegance of the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin. And if you prefer your opera bite-sized and brimming with melody, then the Overture from Pique Dame – a cautionary tale for all you Lotto-addicts out there of gambling with cards and love – are just up your street.
Proof that music critics really can get it wrong, we have a violin concerto described at its premiere by one as ‘stinking music’. #fakenews and we think it smells sweet enough to fall in love with.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto – with ‘phenomenal talent’ (Washington Post) Ray Chen the soloist – is as fragrant as a new-picked rose and twice as pretty. With the violin singing like a songbird at the height of summer, the orchestral accompaniment is a bold, big-boned display of infatuated rapture and incendiary energy. You’re advised to stand back from the heat and bask, instead, in its glowing warmth.
From a ‘stinking’ concerto to a ‘repellent’ symphony (not our words, the composer’s own – and we couldn’t disagree more!): Tchaikovsky’s Fifth. Proof that artists, especially those prone to depression, are not always the best judges of their own work. Out of Tchaikovsky’s suffering comes a hypnotic work of dramatic contrasts, shocking climaxes and gripping emotions that not even your favourite soap opera omnibus can compete with that will make you cry (you will!) and cheer. Don’t you just love a happy ending?
COLOURS DANCE, MOODS SWING, AND CHEN’S ARTISTRY BLAZES.
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