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Belgian National Orchestra, Schønwandt & Khachatryan

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Schumann Violin Concerto & Prokofiev Romeo and Juliette’

Robert Schumann’s last orchestral work was the Violin Concerto in D Minor. It was first performed in 1937, after having been forgotten for more than 80 years. In this concert, it is performed by Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan, winner of the 2005 Queen Elisabeth Competition and a real crowd-pleaser. When Sergei Prokofiev began writing his Romeo and Juliet in 1934, he had no idea how difficult it would be to get the ballet performed. Since the Soviet authorities were being difficult and theatres repeatedly left him out in the cold, Prokofiev decided, after several years, to distil the musical highlights of the more than two-hour score into three symphonic suites.