The outstanding international concert violinist Chloë Hanslip makes a welcome return to Brighton on Sunday afternoon as the guest of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D. Korngold’s lush Romantic style found its true métier in the movies with a series of swashbuckling scores for Warner Brothers, highlighted by the Oscar-winning The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938. His style of music had become an anachronism in the concert hall but cinema going audiences lapped it up. His short-lived but triumphant return to the concert hall was heralded by the Violin Concerto, premièred by Jascha Heifetz in 1947. The work’s opulent romanticism overflows with melodies and lyrical episodes from his many movie scores; a work, as Korngold himself put it, was intended more “for a Caruso than a Paganini”.
Chloë Hanslip, still only 30 years old, has had a distinguished career since making her Proms debut in 2002, with many award-winning recordings and acclaimed performances along the way. While developing a passion for contemporary repertoire in recent years, she has brought depth and understanding to the classics of the Romantic period since her recording of the Bruch concertos in 2002, recognised by an award at the Classical BRITS the following year.
The concert opens with Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody, full of vibrant colours and gypsy energy. It is most fitting, therefore, that the orchestra will be conducted on Sunday by Cristian Mandeal, among the most important Romanian conductors of his generation. The concert concludes with Elgar’s magisterial First Symphony, a work that the composer said expressed his ‘massive hope in the future’ – a hope that continues to resound through this mighty work.
Peter Back will be interviewing Chloë Hanslip at 1.45pm prior to the concert, on stage in Brighton Dome Concert Hall. Tickets for this Pre Concert Interview are £3.75 available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273) 709709 www.brightondome.org