Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Musical Homelands

March

05

Thursday

SIBELIUS Karelia Suite
BRUCH Violin Concerto No.1
RACHMANINOV Symphony No.3

Andris Poga Conductor
Kristine Balanas Violin

The patriotic sympathies of Sibelius led him to create some of his most enduring music, and tonights opener, the Karelia Suite, perfectly encapsulates the musical spirit of his home country, Finland. Bruchs Violin Concerto No.1 with Latvian violinist Kristine Balanas, a musician of eye-popping virtuosity (The Times) who has enthralled audiences on the global stage as a young rising star.

Rachmaninov, who had long left Russia since the 1917 Revolution, composed his Symphony No.3 during his self-exile. The unashamed Romanticism of the piece is merged with the influence of haunting plainchant and moments of disruption in its melodies, unsettling the music and resulting in a strange melancholic yearning in the search for a true homeland.

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