Schubert, Strauss and Dvořák

Thursday 11th June, 7.30pm

Programme

  • Schubert  Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) , 22′
  • Strauss  Horn Concerto No. 2 , 20′
  • Dvořák  Symphony No. 7, 38′

We are sorry to announce that Andris Nelsons has had to withdraw from this concert at Symphony Hall due to an acute ear infection. We are pleased to announce that CBSO Assistant Conductor Alpesh Chauhan has kindly agreed to conduct at very short notice. This evening’s concert programme remains unchanged.

If you enjoy Dvořák’s New World symphony, just imagine the music he wrote when he was happily at home! Dvořák’s Seventh is stormy, passionate and filled with the kind of tunes you just can’t stop humming. Tonight it’s served up with Strauss’s bubbly second horn concerto (starring the CBSO’s own Elspeth Dutch), and Schubert’s Eighth: a symphony that couldn’t be more perfect even if he’d finished it.

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After being called in at little over 24 hours notice for his full CBSO debut last week, Birmingham-born conductor Alpesh Chauhan talks with Steve Beauchampé

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Review by Peter Marks, BachTrack:

Click here for full review

…     ” The CBSO’s principal hornist, Elspeth Dutch, was an ideal exponent for the work. She knows Symphony Hall’s acoustic well and how to make her horn sing both with and above the orchestra. She made the opening arpeggio seem effortless and produced a lovely, legato sound.

Chauhan was an excellent accompanist and ensured the CBSO strings provided a soft cushion of sound to support Dutch. It’s interesting that Strauss gives quite a prominent role for the orchestral horns in the concerto and their dialogue with Dutch towards the end of the first movement was nicely done. The wistful second movement is somewhat reminiscent of music from Der Rosenkavalier and Dutch was once again mellifluous here. The rondo final movement is a great test of agility for the soloist with its tricky leaps and jumps and complex rhythmic dovetailing with the orchestra. After the briefest of awkward starts Dutch and the orchestra gave us a delightful romp through this fun music, finishing with a tremendous flourish.

It is often argued that Dvořák’s Symphony no. 7 in D minor, one of his finest achievements, is his most serious work in the genre but I would wager that proponents of such a view have not spent much time listening to his first three – not too many people do. Certainly, of the symphonies most often performed, it does not possess the sunny character of the Fifth and Sixth, the quirky originality of the Eighth nor the outright folksy-ness of the Ninth. It is likely that Dvořák was under the influence of his friend, Brahms, at the time the Seventh was composed and the mastery of symphonic argument supports this.

Chauhan’s interpretation was, in many ways, fresh and invigorating. He plotted a swift course through the first movement, driving us headlong into the symphony’s turbulence without flinching.”     …

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Schubert, Strauss and Dvořák

Thursday 19th February 2015 at 2.15pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons  conductor
Elspeth Dutch  horn

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) 22′
Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2 20′
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Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 38′

If you enjoy Dvorák’s New World Symphony, just imagine the music he wrote when he was happily at home! Dvorák’s Seventh is stormy, passionate and filled with the kind of tunes you just can’t stop humming. Andris Nelsons serves it up with Strauss’s bubbly second horn concerto (starring the CBSO’s own Elspeth Dutch), and Schubert’s Eighth: a symphony that couldn’t be more perfect even if he’d finished it.

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:

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2011/01/30/review-cbso-elspeth-dutch-olari-elts-at-symphony-hall-birmingham-65233-28082758/

….. “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.”

Benevolent Fund Concert

CBSO BENEVOLENT FUND CONCERT:

THE ORGAN SYMPHONY

Friday 18 September 2009 at 7.30PM

Michael Seal  conductor
Elspeth Dutch  horn
Thomas Trotter  organ

Elgar: In the South 19′
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 16′
Widor: Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5 6′
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 (Organ) 34′

When the mighty Symphony Organ joins forces with the full CBSO, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a shiver down the spine. So it’s no surprise that the Organ Symphony is one of the most popular of all romantic symphonies – it’s simply thrilling! There are thrills aplenty in the rest of this concert, too – whether in Elgar’s stirring overture, or the pure, irresistibly tuneful fun of Mozart’s most famous horn concerto. Join Birmingham’s premier musicians for this evening raising funds for the CBSO Benevolent Fund.

Review from Christopher Morley at:

 http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2009/09/21/cbso-benevolent-fund-concert-at-symphony-hall-65233-24745366/

…”The menu was mouthwatering, beginning with Elgar’s colourful and evocative In the South Overture, written when the composer had at last achieved the recognition he so desperately craved and therefore fizzing with a confidence which didn’t quite overwhelm here, in a reading which needed more positive shaping. Christopher Yates’s viola solo was magical.” …