Würth Philharmonic

Triumph Over Tyranny

Musical youth steps up to the plate under the legendary Maxim Vengerov for an end to the season that settles on searing Shostakovich after two sizzling canapés and a peerless romantic blockbuster.

J Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture
Bruch Violin Concerto
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Conductor Stamatia Karampini, Maxim Vengerov (2nd half)
Violin Maxim Vengerov

What with Strauss’ ‘bat’ dispensing frothy Viennoiserie and Saint-Saëns’ virtuosic vignette to left and right of one of the most popular concertos in the repertoire, the first half of our season finale is letting its hair down. But the mood changes as Maxim Vengerov swaps bow for baton to mastermind one of Shostakovich’s greatest symphonies. Completed in the slipstream of Stalin’s death, its scherzo nails the jack-booted brutality of the Stalinist era with throat-grabbing visceral immediacy.

Maxim Vengerov’s credentials as “one of the great violin virtuosos of our time” (The Australian) are well attested; but as a conductor, Classical Source suggests he “may well be following in Mravinsky’s Leningrad footsteps”. Talk about setting the bar high! For the recently-formed Würth Philharmonic, an orchestra of talented young musicians touring the UK for the first time, he multi-tasks, sharing the platform with Greek conductor Stamatia Karampini, hailed as Dmitri Mitropoulos’ natural heir.

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Pre-concert lecture

The Lantern – 18:25
Jonathan James introduces this evening’s concert and unlocks the hidden ciphers that Shostakovich wove into his work and Symphony No.10

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