Virtuoso violinist Tianwa Yang and Asher Fisch take us to the Romantic wilds of Scotland with Bruch, Mendelssohn and Strauss.
Unquestioned virtuoso of the violin, Tianwa Yang has made a speciality of bravura showstoppers like Bruch’s folk-infused Scottish Fantasy, which she plays with intelligence and outrageous virtuosity. The Beijing-born violinist was a student of the great Isaac Stern, and has astonished audiences around the globe.
The young Mendelssohn’s European Grand Tour inspired two symphonies. The emotional weather in the ‘Scottish’ Symphony is as changeable and picturesque as a day in the Highlands, and Mendelssohn’s gift for melody and subtle orchestral colour evokes the misty majesty of Scotland’s craggy beauty.
Richard Strauss’s baleful tone poem rehearses all the passion and tension of the Scottish play in 20 minutes. The West Australian Symphony Orchestra's Principal Conductor Asher Fisch excels in summoning an orchestra’s might for Strauss’s intense and epic scores.