Saturday 24 February 2018 from 7.30pm at the Bedford Corn Exchange
Schumann’s overture to his incidental music based on Lord Byron’s poem ‘Manfred’ is not only a splendid work in its own right, but also acts as a perfect herald to this concert. We welcome Jaroslav Nadrzycki once again, this time to play Sibelius' thrilling violin concerto. Its future was uncertain after a disastrous premiere in 1903 and it remained unknown until Heifetz championed the piece in the 1930s. The rest, as they say, is history. Brahms struggled to climb the ‘symphony ladder’, but having won the battle with his 1st symphony, his public did not have so long to wait for the 2nd symphony. What a wonderful work it is - the opening warm and welcoming, the slow movement tender and beautiful, the scherzo exhilarating and the final movement triumphant.