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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

Emotion and tranquillity

Ray Chen plays Brahms

Tchaikovsky Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Brahms Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Christoph Eschenbach conductor
Ray Chen violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

From the instant that its opening fanfares shatter the silence, you can tell that Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony means business. Convinced that Fate itself was out to destroy him, Tchaikovsky poured everything into this shattering symphony: a no-holds-barred emotional autobiography, told in music of uncompromising melody and drama. It’s strong stuff, which is why conductor Christoph Eschenbach has invited Ray Chen – a violinist described by the Huffington Post as ‘to die for’ – to play Brahms’s sunlit Violin Concerto. Conceived by an Alpine lake, and glowing with sweet, serene melody, it’s the perfect foil for Tchaikovsky’s tragic vision.

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