Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
‘Darkness into Light’
Sibelius “Pohjola’s Daughter”
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky “The Nutcracker” Ballet – Act 2
Sibelius’s overture tells a story from Finland’s epic poem ‘The Kalevala’ in which an old magician tries to woo an alluring, beautiful maiden. We welcome Shostakovich’s Centenary year with this concerto, which begins darkly with driving energy, and after a subdued slow movement with one of his warmest melodies, ends in a festive finale. By contrast Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ offers a fairy tale entertainment with charming and popular dance music.