Tuesday June 12, 2012 at 19:30
Royal Festival Hall
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Academic Festival Overture Op 80 - Johannes Brahms
The Enigma Variations Op 36 - Sir Edward Elgar
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Op 77 - Johannes Brahms
The title of Brahms' Academic Festival Overture has a rather studious ring to it, but in fact is one of his liveliest works, based on a series of student drinking songs and written to balance the more sombre style of his Tragic Overture.
Brahms' Violin Concerto, performed by Nigel Kennedy, moves from a noble opening movement to the gorgeous Adagio, followed by an energetic finale.
Sandwiched between these works is one of Elgar's best-loved creations, his glorious 'Enigma' Variations, with their mysterious 'hidden theme'. The variations sparkle with Elgar's finest melodic invention and orchestral flair, reaching great emotional depth in the profound nobility of Nimrod.
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