The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return to the De La War Pavilion with Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Program: SIBELIUS Finlandia, ELGAR Cello Concerto, TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4, Brian Wright Conductor, Michael Petrov Cello.
Opening the concert is Finlandia, Sibelius’ bold statement on a Finnish national identity
that offers a glimpse of the soul of a nation and an urge to escape Russian oppression. The piece reaches a heroic climax as its stirring main theme, the Finlandia hymn, delivers an invigorating and emotionally charged invocation of Sibelius’ patriotic passion.
Elgar’s Cello Concerto is a work that proves a formidable challenge for any soloist, urging them to use their versatility and expression to find their distinctive voice in the context of the orchestration. Cellist Michael Petrov rises to the occasion, and across the four movements plays Elgar’s atmospheric post-war elegy with a sublime touch.
Closing the concert is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, a grand work of Russian Romanticism that translates internal anguish and despair parallel to its triumphant expressions of love and hope in the most personal of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies.
The De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP
Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £18, £26, £33. Box office 01424 229111. Bookings www.dlwp.com