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The closing concert of the Season brings together two major talents, French violinist Renaud Capuçon and charismatic Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno, who makes his SCO debut.
Beethoven struggled to produce an appropriate overture for his opera Fidelio, and ultimately went through four versions. Leonore No 3 is considered the greatest of the four, and is an intensely dramatic, full-scale symphonic movement.
Renaud Capuçon brings his breathtaking virtuosity to what has become one of the world’s favourites: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, which was written in a burst of feverish creativity. The Season sprints to a joyous finale with Schumann’s energetic second symphony claiming a swift and stout-hearted victory.
“That evening all of a sudden I learned to like Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. Thanks to its unique interpretation of Gustavo Gimeno, who without doubt follows in the path of Yevgenij Mravinskij“ Tageblatt Luxembourg
Since then, Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. He has played concerti with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker under Haitink and Robertson, the Boston Symphony under Dohnanyi, the Orchestre de Paris under Eschenbach and Paavo Järvi, Philharmonique de Radio France and Filarmonica della Scala orchestras with Chung, Orchestre National de France and Gatti, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra with Dudamel.