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Overview

R Strauss
Träumerei am Kamin

Elgar
Violin Concerto

Shostakovich
Symphony No.6

Carlos Miguel Prieto
Conductor
Ning Feng
Violin  

Elgar’s Violin Concerto was written between the First and Second Symphonies, and premiered in November 1910 with Fritz Kreisler as soloist and Elgar himself conducting. Within a week Dan Godfrey had also conducted it in Bournemouth! It is a highly personal and intensely lyric reflection of Elgar’s complex personality, possibly the most autobiographical violin concerto ever written.

In common with more than a few of Elgar’s other works, it seems to begin in the middle of a remark, as if the listener has just opened the door to a room in which a conversation is in progress. Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony is one of two halves. The first, an expansive largo, darkly beautiful with moments of searing intensity; the other a frenetic descent into absurdity and black humour via two short movements – a breezy scherzo and a circus-like finale. It is a personal work, reflecting not only the difficult and trying times in which Shostakovich lived and worked, but also the resilience and strength of his character. Dreaming by the Fireside is a tender and poignant symphonic interlude from Strauss’ comic opera Intermezzo in which the heroine sits alone by her fireplace, daydreaming of a lover.

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