Two great eighteenth-century works make up the first half of this concert. Haydn’s ‘La Passione’ symphony is just what its title suggests, conveying powerful, even violent emotions in an utterly compelling way. ECO’s leader, Stephanie Gonley, then teams up with Ofer Falk for Mozart’s glorious Sinfonia Concertante K.364. Throughout, the two soloists engage in quite exquisite interplay, and even a little competition! In the second half we hear Barber’s heart-rending Adagio for Strings, one of the most popular works of them all. The concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s melody-packed Serenade, a piece the composer admitted he was “in love with”. It features an elegant waltz and a gently melancholic slow movement, while two Russian folk tunes provide the material for its stunning finale.
- Haydn Symphony No. 49 ‘La Passione’
- Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola K.364
- Barber Adagio for Strings
- Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
- Stephanie Gonley
- Ofer Falk