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Archive: Dvořák 8

St. Pölten Festspielhaus | Großer Saal

Instrumentation

  • Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano
  • Yutaka Sado, conductor

Programmes


Leonard Bernstein introduced himself as a soloist and conductor to the Viennese public as early as 1948 with Maurice Ravel’s jazzy, languid Piano Concerto in G Major; later, he went in search of Haydn’s sharp wit in that composer’s symphonies, and in Antonín Dvořák’s music he loved the melodious sweetness and rhythmic élan, both of which are on display in the Eighth Symphony in particularly opulent style. Yutaka Sado conducts a colourful programme in which the festively jubilant eruptions in all three works can be considered an act of reverence for Bernstein’s musicianship and pesonality. But the sentimental side won’t be neglected – in the dreamy slow movement of the Ravel concerto, for example, with its melancholy, floating melodicism unfurled by the young blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. Or in the Adagio of Haydn’s 102nd Symphony, which is believed to have been written as a farewell gift to a girlfriend acquired in London. And to the full in the voluptuous sentimentality of Dvořák’s Eighth, in which light and dark, melancholy and carnival atmosphere interplay in a captivating way.

Joseph Haydn

Symphony in B-flat major Hob. I:102

Movements

  • Largo-Vivace

  • Adagio

  • Menuet:Allegro

  • Finale:Presto

Duration

26 Min.
Maurice Ravel

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major

Movements

  • Allegramente

  • Adagio assai

  • Presto

Duration

20 Min.

Creation

1929-32
Antonín Dvořák

Symphony No. 8 in G major op. 88

Movements

  • Allegro con brio

  • Adagio

  • Allegretto grazioso

  • Allegro ma non troppo

Duration

36 Min.

Creation

1889