Dale Barltrop and Ray Chen: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Ray Chen - image credit, Tom Doms - RCS3.jpg


Sunny charm and sparkling energy

Ray Chen has been winning hearts around the world with his incredible skill and charming stage presence. Chen joins the MSO for Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto, but not before Rossini’s sparkling overture to his opera The Italian Girl in Algiers sets the tone for this high-energy program.

The first movement of Mendelssohn’s concerto starts with a theme that tormented the composer for years, before he could begin serious work on the piece. It’s followed by a lyrical andante movement, and then a finale that will bubble and fizz like champagne in Ray Chen’s very capable hands.

Then it’s double trouble with a touch of Venetian zest, as Chen teams up with the orchestra’s concertmaster Dale Barltrop in a concerto for two violins by Vivaldi.

How else can you finish such a vibrant concert, than with Schubert’s Third Symphony, its sunny D major charm and dizzying tarantella finale?

Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra