Fri, 6 May 2022, 20:00
Joshua Weilerstein and Daniel Hope
Conductor Joshua Weilerstein
Soloist Daniel Hope, violin
Bernard Herrmann Vertigo Suite
Alfred Schnittke Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor op. 64
The Music of Fate!—Bernard Herrmann's film score for Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 classic Vertigo and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, first performed in 1888, seem worlds apart. And yet both scores are dominated by the recurring motif of fate. And both Tchaikovsky, who shaped Russian music of the 19th century like no other, and Herrmann, the influential American film composer with Russian roots, show themselves to be influenced by the music of Richard Wagner on closer inspection. After all, Herrmann, like Tchaikovsky, was a romantic at heart. With the 1957 1st Violin Concerto by the Volga German Alfred Schnittke, whose oeuvre also includes numerous remarkable film scores, star violinist Daniel Hope builds a bridge between Tchaikovsky and Herrmann in a concert which simultaneously bridges the gap between Romanticism and Modernism.