Charles Dutoit conducts Brahms and Berlioz – With Kyung Wha Chung

Verbier Festival 2016

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Kyung Wha Chung — Violinist

Verbier Festival Orchestra

Charles Dutoit — Conductor

Program notes

After a long absence from the Verbier Festival, violinist Kyung Wha Chung returned in 2016 to present a concert with one of her most trusted colleagues, Charles Dutoit. 

The concert opens with Brahms' Violin Concerto in D Major, a major work of the violin repertoire commissioned by the composer's friend, violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim. Finding the solo part too difficult, Joachim rewrote it himself so that it better complimented his instrument. The musicians of the VFO then move on to another masterpiece of the classical repertoire, Berlioz's majestic Symphonie Fantastique. This landmark orchestral work signaled a turning point in early musical Romanticism, and was born of Berlioz's transformation of his frenzied love for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson.

Photo: © Aline Paley

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