Simone Lamsma ascends the sublime heights of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky wrestles with fate in his Fourth Symphony.
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is the Everest of concertos – the greatest of them all. Sublime and immense, it is some of Beethoven’s most exalted, lyrical and joyous music.
Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma’s performances have been called ‘absolutely stunning’ and ‘piercingly beautiful’ (Chicago Tribune). Now Sydney audiences can discover this major talent. Alexander Shelley is a ‘natural communicator on and off the podium’ and one of the most exciting young conductors of his generation.
Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony is obsessed with fate, what the composer called ‘an invincible force that can never be overcome’. This symphony’s turbulent emotions grip the listener by the throat, and at its heart is an outpouring of song, a recollection of lost love that could be a ballet’s soaring pas de deux. Extraordinary.