Barber’s Violin Concerto, arguably his most popular work after the Adagio for Strings, has one of the most lyrical, serene openings in classical music.
The pastoral mood of the Concerto is broken by its fiendish finale, a perpetual motion showpiece for the soloist.
Esther Yoo, a regular collaborator with the Philharmonia, has both the ‘scrupulous technique and sweeping passion’ (Bachtrack) to do justice to this wonderful piece.
Steven Stucky’s atmospheric tone poem Radical Light opens the evening.
Stucky was inspired by the music of Sibelius to write a piece that moves through a range of moods ‘without ever turning any sharp corners.’
RepertoireStucky: Radical Light
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