classical music, opera, theatre

Joshua Bell, Alan Gilbert and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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Exciting facts: Tchaikovsky originally wanted to dedicate one of the most popular violin concertos to Leopold Auer, but the Hungarian virtuoso refused to play it. One of the most popular movements of Mahler's oeuvre, Symphony No. 5's Adagietto, is actually a "love song without words” for Alma whom he later married. This evening, the concerto and the symphony will be performed by one of Europe's most prestigious orchestras, led by a world-class conductor and featuring a solo by one of the most celebrated violinists of our time.

The Violin Concerto, whose finale was influenced by folk music, was written by Tchaikovsky in 1878, and instead of Auer, the Veszprém-born teacher of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, it was eventually premiered by Adolf Brodsky in 1881 in Vienna. Mahler composed his Symphony No. 5 in the summer months of 1901 and 1902, during a period of great changes in his life, following a serious illness and at the time of falling in love, so it is no wonder that the moods expressed in this five-movement work range from grief to confessional lyricism to intoxicated joy. Formerly known as the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra has been based in Hamburg since its foundation in 1945. It is currently the resident ensemble of the Elbphilharmonie, having the magnificent Elbe Palace as its home. Their conductor, the American Alan Gilbert, has been at the helm since 2019, having previously made a name for himself as the music director of the New York Philharmonic. His compatriot, Joshua Bell, is one of the world's greatest violin virtuosos, with strong ties to the Hungarian musical scene. He has performed with several orchestras from Budapest, played chamber music with many Hungarian musicians and gave a sonata recital with Zoltán Kocsis.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • Alan Gilbert
  • violin
    Joshua Bell
  • NDR Elbphilharmonie

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