Richard Strauss wrote his 2nd horn concerto during the horrendous days of World War II when Strauss was trying to prevent the incarceration of his daughter-in-law’s Jewish relatives. Despite these difficult times, the concerto delights the audience with its light and carefree style and the piece remains a firm favourite.
The famous New World Symphony from Dvořák was written during the composer’s stay in the US and is inspired from the Afro-American songs he had heard in New York. The exceptional nature of the work lies in its remarkable lyricism and concise thematic treatment, striking rhythms and purity of expression, as well as the perfect balance of these qualities.
To introduce the concert, we are proud to perform the World Première of “Voices” by Nicholas Sims-Williams, a romantic piece inspired by the songs which Richard Strauss wrote for his wife, the soprano Pauline de Ahna.
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