The Belgian National Orchestra starts its season with Tchaikovsky's beautiful Violin Concerto. He wrote this work at a lakeside resort in Geneva, Switzerland. He was recovering there from the depression and nervous breakdowns caused by his unhappy marriage to a young conservatory student. Tchaikovsky composed the score in record time, inspired by the charming presence of Josif Kotek. This 22-year-old violin and composition student advised him on the technical aspects of violin playing. Bartók also wrote with his Divertimento a work in Switzerland. The result is a playful composition for strings only, in which Bartók reverts to the baroque concerto grosso, but colours it in an idiosyncratic way.
Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz. 113
Violin Concerto, op. 35