Symphony Concert 30

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | Omer Meir Wellber | Gidon Kremer

Dvořák | Bartók

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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Symphony Concert 30

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra | Omer Meir Wellber | Gidon Kremer

    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Othello. Concert Ouverture, Op. 93
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, Sz. 36
    Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
    Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 From the New World

    At the beginning of the 1890s, Antonín Dvořák became an obstetrician, so to speak. Ironic that he, a Czech, should be the one to explore what an authentically American musical language should sound like. It was for this purpose that he was assigned to head the new National Conservatory of Music in New York, where he taught composition and worked with the Conservatory Orchestra. But Dvořák also immersed himself in the folk music heritage that he discovered in the United States. He had African-American spirituals sung to him and studied the melodies of Native Americans. All of what he learned flowed into his most-famous symphony, the Ninth, which is nicknamed From the New World. And the fact that it sounds at times more Bohemian – what does that matter? For music is indeed a universal language, as will be proved in this concert by a British orchestra with the Latvian star violinist Gidon Kremer and the young conductor Omer Meir Wellber.

    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), founded in 1920, was introduced to the public with a concert conducted by the composer Edward Elgar. Such chief conductors as Adrian Boult, George Weldon, Andrzej Panufnik, and Louis Frémaux looked after the orchestra’s profile, but it was above all Simon Rattle who led the CBSO to become a first-class international ensemble during his 18-year tenure (1980–98), enhancing its worldwide reputation. He was succeeded in the office of Music Director by the Finn Sakari Oramo (1998–2008) and the Latvian Andris Nelsons (2008–15); taking the reins in 2016, the young Lithuanian Maestra Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has become the first woman to helm the CBSO. In the 2017-18 season, she will lead the orchestra in a Debussy Festival marking the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death, during which they will also perform his  opera Pelléas et Mélisande. Haydn’s Creation, Fauré’s Requiem, and orchestral works by Lili Boulanger will be other points of focus. The CBSO gives about 130 performances annually: along with its classical programs, it presents the popular Friday Night Classics series, with excursions into film and pop music, as well as a comprehensive educational and performance program which the musicians lead in socially disadvantaged areas. Also included within the CBSO family are six choruses; the CBSO Youth Orchestra, which gathers the best young musicians from the East and West Midlands; and a large number of chamber ensembles. The CBSO is a regular guest at the BBC Proms in London and the Aldeburgh Festival; during the winter of 2016-17 it undertook a tour to China. The orchestra, which won the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in 2011, has released more than 200 CDs, many of which have won awards. Their most recent recording is a Mendelssohn cycle conducted by Edward Gardner. 

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 8 September 1996 in works by Berlioz, Beethoven, Tippett, and Haydn under Simon Rattle.

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