The Symphonic Dances was Rachmaninov's last work; originally with programmatic movement titles of 'Noon', 'Twilight' and 'Midnight', the three movements almost seem to summarise Rachmaninov's compositional life, with quotations from his First Symphony and the Dies irae leitmotif that haunts so many of his works. The programme opens with Weber's Oberon Overture which has been described as 'a gorgeous masterpiece of operatic orchestration'. Forming the heart of the concert is Beethoven's Violin Concerto which, for many, is the first Romantic violin concerto. A piece that was discarded in its time, and rescued by the great violinist Joseph Joachim, each movement offers a superb counterplay between orchestra and soloist, with one of the most exquisite Adagio's featuring one of the composer's most inspired tunes.
More concerts in Canterbury:
May 16 2014, 19:30 - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Jakub Hrůša conducts Smetana and Dvořák