Concerto Sunday - Bruch and Grieg in the afternoon
SCO return to Turner Sims with a performance of two of the most famous concertos. The Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 and Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor.
Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton
Sunday 19th October 2025 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Ticket Prices: TBC
Violin Concerto No. 1
Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 is one of the most popular violin concertos in solo violin repertoire and, along with the Scottish Fantasy, the composer's most famous work.
The concerto was first completed in 1866 and the first performance was given on 24 April 1866 by Otto von Königslow, with Bruch conducting. The concerto was then considerably revised with help from celebrated violinist Joseph Joachim and completed in its present form in 1867.
The Piano Concerto in A minor, composed by Edvard Grieg in 1868, was the only concerto Grieg completed. It is one of his most popular works, and is among the most popular of the genre. Grieg, being only 24 years old at the time of the composition, had taken inspiration from Robert Schumann's only concerto, also being in A minor.
The work was premiered by Edmund Neupert on 3rd April 1869, in Copenhagen, with Holger Simon Paulli conducting. Some sources say that Grieg himself, an excellent pianist, was the intended soloist, but he was unable to attend the premiere owing to commitments with an orchestra in Christiania (Oslo)