Emmanuel Bach

European Classics: Pastoral

The next concert of European Classics brings us masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart, prizewinning British violinist Emmanuel Bach and of course the outstanding London Firebird Orchestra…

A lover of nature, Beethoven spent much time walking in the countryside outside Vienna. His 6th symphony – the ‘Pastoral’ – is unusual in that it is programmatic, and depicts ideas including a shepherd’s pipe, birds singing, streams flowing, and a thunderstorm.

However, Beethoven himself said of the work: ‘It is more the expression of feeling than painting’.

Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D is on an epic scale, full of unrelenting passion and spectacular virtuosity. And who better to perform this musical masterpiece than violinist Emmanuel Bach who we welcome back following his memorable 2021 interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

A thundering D minor cadence opens this fantastic concert with Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni. But before long the music turns to a more light-hearted Allegro as conductor Michael Thrift sets the scene for the magnificent evening of great music.

European Classics: Pastoral

Tuesday 25 October 7.30pm 
St George’s Hanover Square, London

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 Pastoral

Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Emmanuel Bach