Zimmermann in residence
19:30 — Victoria Hall
20:15 — Salle Métropole
Frank Peter Zimmermann
(artist in residence) violin
Rhapsody No 2 for violin and orchestra Sz. 90
Suite Concertante for Violin and Orchestra in D major, H 276 I II
Symphony No 8 in G major op. 88
Our artist in residence leaves the beaten track by choosing two virtuoso works inspired by the rich folklore of Eastern Europe.
Bartók's Rhapsody No. 2 is the fruit of his tireless harvesting of folk music in the Hungarian and Romanian countryside with his friend Zoltán Kodály. Bartók wanted both to save this rich peasant heritage and to bring it to the attention of symphony audiences.
Martinů's Suite Concertante was written during the Czech composer's American exile and resounds like a brilliant tribute to his distant homeland. Extensively reworked by its composer and rarely performed, it has long been championed by Frank Peter Zimmermann.
Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 is full of generous melodies which persist long after their performance. Joyful and optimistic, this happy symphony also displays an imaginative freedom of invention.