HAYDN Symphony No. 85, La Reine
BRAHMS Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1
Tonight's concert celebrates the music of three great symphonists at the height of their powers. La Reine earned its nickname as it was a particular favourite of Queen Marie Antoinette. Sibelius's First established the Nordic symphonic tradition at a stroke. Brahms synthesised the sounds of a solo instrument with music on a symphonic scale in his Violin Concerto.