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Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a Russian programme of music by Stravinsky plus Tchaikovsky's 'Manfred' Symphony.
Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London. Introduced by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
Stravinsky: Four Norwegian Moods
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
8.25: part 2
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony
Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)
Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
The Philharmonia's Conductor Laureate leads the orchestra in a programme culminating in Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, a programmatic piece based on the poem by Lord Byron. It's a love it or hate it piece: Toscanini considered it Tchaikovsky's greatest work, while Bernstein condemned it as 'trash'. The first half starts with Stravinsky's music for a projected Hollywood film about the Nazi invasion of Norway, which he recycled as a short suite. Young Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, a neoclassical piece from 1931.
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