Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Jack Liebeck violin
MENDELSSOHN Overture, The Hebrides
BRUCH Scottish Fantasy
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9: From the New World
Be part of the Philharmonia’s spectacular return to Leicester as they perform Dvořák’s best-loved symphony under the baton of their new Principal Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
Celebrating the start of his tenure as just the sixth Principal Conductor in the Orchestra’s 75-year history, Santtu launches the Philharmonia’s thrilling new Leicester season with their first performance at De Montfort Hall in almost two years.
Joining Santtu, soloist Jack Liebeck takes centre stage in an opening half celebrating the rugged landscapes and Celtic culture of Scotland. In Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, a solemn brass opening gives way to a spellbinding melody for the violin soloist, the first of four beautiful traditional folk songs that underpin the piece. Ranging from effortless virtuosity to tender interplay with the harp, it’s easy to see why almost 150 years after it was written, it remains one of the world’s most popular works for violin.
After the interval we venture across the Atlantic for that timeless masterpiece, Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Blending his trademark Czech style with the Native American music and African-American spirituals Dvořák came to love and admire during his time in the United States, the symphony packs drama, excitement and hope into one unforgettable work. No one could have imagined during lockdown that the pandemic would keep the Philharmonia from its Leicester home for so long – but with the quietly optimistic melody of the Largo in our ears, there could surely be no better way for them to return.
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