A. Lajovic: Adagio
J. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
The extensive opus of the German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms contains just one violin concerto, which he dedicated to his good friend, the violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim. The soloist will be the internationally acclaimed Lithuanian violinist Julian Rachlin, who will be performing on a Stradivarius from 1704. This virtuoso with a heart, as he has been described by the media, has both conducted and accompanied as a violinist some of the most renowned orchestras and made recordings for prestigious labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical and Warner Classics. He is also a respected teacher at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. The concert will be rounded off by the romantic and youthful Adagio by Anton Lajovic and the Symphony No. 5 in E-minor by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The performance by the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra will be presided over by the German pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, considered one of the world’s best active conductors for his interpretations, in which he combines intellect with a unique emotional charge. In his long career – his mentors were the outstanding George Szell and Herbert von Karajan – he has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Orchestre de Paris, and has also been a guest conductor for some of the world’s best orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the London Philharmonia Orchestra.