One of the world’s most in-demand violinists performs one of Tchaikovsky’s most loved works.
In Ray Chen’s skilful hands, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is a pure, Romantic experience – ravishing and electrifying.
After a gentle opening, the violin emerges. Blissfully reflective, it delivers one of Tchaikovsky’s most poignant themes. As the music unfolds, the energy intensifies and Tchaikovsky arrives at a triumphant and exhilarating conclusion in the final movement, with the main theme reappearing alongside the full might of the orchestra.
First performed in 1922, after the disruption and heartache of the First World War, Nielsen’s Symphony No.5 captures the light and shade of an uncertain time. Inventive digressions evoke new challenges and ways forward for an uncertain world, with sincere moments of warmth and optimism gleaming through.
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TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
NIELSEN Symphony No.5
DAVID ROBERTSON conductor
RAY CHEN violin