Pastoral Brahms

Thu 31 January 2019

7.30pm

THE GREAT HALL, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

Clemens Schuldt conductor
Baiba Skride violin

The Second Symphony might be described as Brahms’ “Pastoral”, a total contrast to the dramatic and very serious First. Its song-like melodies are imbued with a gentle and lyrical quality – in their simple beauty the themes give the impression of having been written down as a result of spontaneous inspiration. In Brahms’ own words, “a delightfully happy spirit” pervades the whole work, and with its sunny themes Viennese audiences immediately took to it.

In his Violin Concerto Dvořák was influenced by several facets of the Czech personality – and the boisterous finale with its dance-like passages is reminiscent of his popular Slavonic Dances. Although it is said that Schumann had no genuine theatrical talent and that he was inept at writing for orchestra, the powerful overture he composed for Manfred proves otherwise. Masterfully and economically scored and with an unerringly dramatic pace, it immediately casts a spell with its unsettled opening that grows in passion and urgency, setting the scene for the action that will follow.

Programme:

Schumann  Manfred Overture
Dvořák  Violin Concerto
Brahms  
Symphony No.2

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Event Info

Tickets

A £40 B £34 C £26 D £22 E £16

The following concessions are available from the box office (telephone and in person only):

Under 18s “Kids for a Quid”: £1 tickets, subject to availability.

Full-time Students: 50% discount, or  £5 Student Standby tickets available from the on-site box office in the Great Hall foyer an hour before the concert

Job Seekers, Income Support Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Wheelchair Users, Personal Assistants: 50% discount

Groups 10+ 10% discount
Groups 20+ 20% discount
Groups 30+ 30% discount

MULTIBUY discounts are available if you buy 4 concerts or more

Running Time

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