Barbican Concerts

Elgar Symphony No 2

Tue 5 Oct 2010 7.30pm - Barbican Hall, London

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Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
ELGAR Symphony No 2

Sir Colin Davis conductor
Sarah Chang violin
London Symphony Orchestra

Tonight's concert will also feature Dorothy Ker's A Gentle Infinity conducted by Pavel Kotla. This short work is part of the UBS Soundscapes: Pioneers series and was commissioned by LSO Discovery.

Tickets: £8 £14 £19 £25 £32

Mendelssohn’s landmark Violin Concerto (1844) is far more than a showcase for a virtuoso, but develops with wonderful delicacy. The great violinist Joseph Joachim declared that, of all the German violin concertos, ‘the dearest of them all, the heart’s jewel, is Mendelssohn’s.’ Elgar complained that the original audience for his Second Symphony (1911) was unappreciative (‘they sit there like a lot of stuffed pigs’), but listeners have grown to love this luminous and energetic work.

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