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About the Concert
SEOUL PHILHARMONIC PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO
Fri June 15, 2018 20:00 | LOTTE Concert Hall
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
From Russia with love: fleeing from a broken heart, Tchaikovsky wrote his Violin Concerto on the sunlit shores of Lake Geneva, but its flying, foot-stamping finale is as Russian as vodka and caviare. And with his luminous tone and lightning-fast fingers, there’s no more stylish interpreter than the Canadian virtuoso James Ehnes – especially when he’s accompanied by Vasily Petrenko, who’s got this music in his blood. Meanwhile Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony is like an epic Russian novel: a sweeping emotional drama, filled with winter storms, huge sunlit vistas and mile after mile of unforgettable melodies. Is this the ultimate romantic symphony? We just know that it sounds wonderful, and we can’t wait to share it.
Program Note by Richard Bratby
Vasily Petrenko was born in 1976 and started his music education at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – the oldest music school in Russia. He then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and has also participated in masterclasses with such major figures as Ilya Musin, Mariss Jansons, and Yuri Temirkanov. Following considerable su...
James Ehnes Violin, Viola Artistic Director, Seattle Chamber Music Society James Ehnes has established himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favourite guest of many of the world’s most respected conducto...