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The centrepiece of tonight's Concert is Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.
In the autumn of 1880, Tchaikovsky composed two of his most popular works: the 1812 Overture and the Serenade for Strings. The Serenade is a tribute to Mozart, Tchaikovsky's favourite composer, paying homage to Mozart's serenades and divertimentos. This is a lusher work though than Mozart would have managed, more akin to Tchaikovsky's great ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Listen out in particular for the two middle movements which are among Tchaikovsky's finest moments.
The first piece on our programme tonight is positively fizzing with energy: Danzon No.2 by Arturo Marquez, played by the brilliant Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela under their conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.
Arturo Marquez: Danzon No.2
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major
Trumpet: Sergei Nakariakov
Jesus Lopez Cobos conducts the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major Opus 48
East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C# minor Opus 27 'Moonlight'
Piano: Stephen Hough
Ottorino Respighi: The Pines of Rome
Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the National Academy of St. Cecilia