One Thousand and One Nights

Tuesday 18 May 2010 at 7.30pm

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

Jakub Hrusa  conductor
Johannes Moser  cello

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 (Prague) 25′
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations 18′
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade 47′ Listen
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Soaring violin solos, drama on the high seas and a total mastery of the orchestra: it’s no surprise that Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade has become one of the most played and best-loved of all Russian pieces. After his thrilling CBSO debut two seasons ago, dynamic Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa returns with this and another Russian masterpiece, Tchaikovsky’s charming Rococo Variations. Tchaikovsky was inspired by his lifelong love of Mozart, and the concert begins with one of the greatest of Mozart’s symphonies, written for a visit to Hrusa’s home city. www.cbso.co.uk

Johannes Moser’s Encore – Bach – Sarabande from Cello Suite No 1

Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2010/05/21/classical-review-cbso-one-thousand-and-one-nights-at-symphony-hall-65233-26478316/

“Johannes Moser’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations had true star quality.

The young cellist’s engagingly flamboyant manner and instant rapport with the orchestra and audience caught the eye but what really impressed was the quality of his playing.    …

…This was an exhilarating performance with Laurence Jackson leading from the front – his violin made Scheherazade a silkily seductive storyteller capable of charming even the grouchiest Sultan.” ….   4/5

Tchaikovsky and Dvorák

Thu 29 Oct 7:30pm at Symphony Hall

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jakub Hrusa conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin

Janáček Taras Bulba
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No 7

Style and authenticity just ooze from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Dvořák himself conducted this orchestra’s first concert and the highlight of tonight’s programme is his grandly tragic Seventh Symphony. Superstar of the violin, Nicola Benedetti, is a regular visitor to Symphony Hall and joins the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s heart-warming Violin Concerto.

Review by Maggie Cotton, Birmingham Post:

http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/music-in-birmingham/2009/11/02/review-czech-philharmonic-orchestra-at-birmingham-symphony-hall-65233-25066687/

“Impeccable woodwind, exquisite flute solo and careful accompanying from conductor Jakub Hrusa were perfect partners for muted violin, leading to a formidable finale taken at a spanking pace… 4/5”