Giordano Bellincampi CONDUCTOR
Benjamin Baker VIOLIN
Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Overture
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Strauss Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils
Bartók The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
A concert of ‘outrageous’ music that was banned by governments, slammed by critics and shocked audiences.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, now one of his most beloved works, was described by one critic as “music that stinks to the ear” and “odorously Russian”. Strauss horrified polite society with his blasphemous opera Salome, while Bartók’s ballet The Miraculous Mandarin met with catcalls, stamping and booing from the audience and was instantly banned upon its première.
In contrast Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, a tale of lechery and decadence, gained official approval despite Beaumarchais’ original play of the same story being banned by the Viennese authorities.
Come along and hear what all the fuss was about in this entertaining concert from some of history’s musical mavericks.
Please note: Violinist Benjamin Baker replaces Alexandra Soumm who has had to withdraw due to illness.