Spring Symphony

Thursday 27 January 2011 at 2.15pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Olari Elts  conductor
Elspeth Dutch  horn

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 25′
Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 15′
Strauss: Waltz Scene from Intermezzo 10′
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 (Spring) 30′

It’s darkest January. But for one afternoon only at Symphony Hall, it’s
spring! Schumann was head-over-heels in love when he wrote his
Spring symphony, and it burst through in the ringing fanfares and
blossoming melodies of this joyous masterpiece. Estonian conductor
Olari Elts tackles Beethoven’s irresistibly playful First Symphony – and
then joins the CBSO’s popular principal Horn Elspeth Dutch in the
young Richard Strauss’s First Concerto. Neither piece is “about”
spring, but there’s no mistaking that swaggering joie de vivre. Add the
swinging Waltz Scene from Strauss’s most playful opera, and you’ve
got an afternoon of pure musical sunshine.

This concert is followed by a Members’ Afternoon Tea, with Olari Elts as guest
speaker. Contact Ellie Griffiths on 0121 616 6514.

Review by Christoper Morley, Birmingham Post:


….. “But to conclude with Strauss again: the CBSO’s recent record of triumphs in the works of this virtuosity-demanding composer was maintained in the Introduction and Waltz Scene from his autobiographical (yet again) opera Intermezzo, gaudy yet stylish, and given with spirit, elan and sumptuous tone.”