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Ray Chen performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Pure Joy

Brilliant Australian violinist Ray Chen performs Mendelssohn’s uplifting and enduringly popular Violin Concerto.

In the Concert Hall | Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Classical Music


Pure Joy

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is wonderfully uplifting, which is why it remains so popular. Composed near the end of a career that barely spanned three decades, Mendelssohn poured his soul into the work. Written for a friend and star violinist, Mendelssohn’s high-energy concerto demands an astonishing versatility and expressive range from its soloist – in this case, the brilliant Australian violinist Ray Chen. As Gramophone asked of Ray Chen’s stunning and joyful playing: “What more could you want?”

Written between his sublime Eroica and stormy fifth symphony, Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony is the composer at his most direct, possessing a harmonic daring and perhaps the most beautiful slow movement of any of his symphonies – a rare and unmissable treat.

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto 
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.4

Gemma New conductor
Ray Chen violin

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Venue Information

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