Tchaikovsky From Violin Concerto in D major
One of the most beloved solo concertos.
About the video
- Published online 29 August 2023.
- The video is approximately 5 minutes.
- A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 2.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto leaves no one unmoved. It is saturated with heartfelt themes and bursting with rhythmic energy, and the virtuosic solo part is backed by a breathtaking orchestral movement. However, a renowned critic said at the world premiere: “The violin is no longer played; it is pulled, torn, shredded […] But it breaks off to make way for a finale that transfers us to the brutal and wretched jollity of a Russian holiday.”
The concerto, which was initially seen as unplayable, “un-violinistic” and strange, is now beloved worldwide – proof that perceptions of art can change over time.
This excerpt of music is from episode 2 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky From First Movement Allegro moderato from Violin Concerto in D major op 35
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Tobias Ringborg conductor
Andrej Power violin