Tchaikovsky threw down the gauntlet with his Violin Concerto – daring violinists to bring the notes on the page to life. Many famous musicians declared the piece unplayable. Rising to the challenge in this concert is acclaimed young violinist Benjamin Beilman, whose playing has been described as ‘muscular’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘breathtaking’.
From the stratospheric heights of the Violin Concerto we come back down to earth with the bucolic strains of Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony. ‘Melodies simply pour out of me’, said Dvořák around the time that he worked on this most beautiful and amiable of symphonies. Conducting the performance is spirited maestro Giordano Bellincampi.