Wednesday 8th October 2014 at 7.30pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600
Vassily Sinaisky conductor
Laurence Jackson violin
Smetana: Má vlast – Vltava • Sárka 22′
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 25′
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Dvořák: Symphony No.8 38′
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Autumn sunshine: cellos and horns sing a quiet hymn, a bird sings cheerfully, and in a flurry of drums and trumpets, Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony is on its way. Symphonies simply don’t get much happier than this – and violin concertos don’t get much more popular than Bruch’s First, performed by the CBSO’s leader, Laurence Jackson. Smetana’s tuneful trip down the River Vltava starts our journey today.
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Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:
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… “It’s a tuneful symphony certainly, but also an ingenious and disturbing one. Dvorak sets us up for a repeat in the first movement and then rushes headlong into the development, Sinaisky directing a thrilling performance with the CBSO’s horns and heavy brass storming on impressively.
The adagio begins as a funeral march but the cortege speeds up for a pastoral interlude , with some sparkling wind playing. Sinaisky set a fast tempo for the finale which romped merrily home.
The CBSO’s leader Laurence Jackson was the soloist in Bruch’s evergreen first violin concerto. The famous adagio tempts the soloist to indulgence – ample opportunity for slow swooning – but Jackson’s interpretation while romantic was also rather chaste.
It was a performance of grace and good taste…” …