Alexandra Wood (violin)plays Bruch with Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra
Mozart’s popular and tuneful ‘Haffner’ Symphony opens this concert in grand style. This festive piece displays a positive attitude to life and the emotional intensity that was to characterise the composer’s later symphonies.
Alexandra Wood is renowned for her rich tone, energetic performances and communication with audiences. She will join the RTWSO for one of Bruch’s signature pieces. The Scottish Fantasy is infused with charming folk songs. At times, the solo violin sings quietly, as if alone in the highlands. Elsewhere, Bruch’s luscious score conveys a picture of Scotland that is full of raw and untamed natural beauty.
Schumann’s symphonies stand out by virtue of their autobiographical content and originality. After extensive revision, the imaginative and resourceful Symphony No 4 was shaped into a single span of invention. The atmospheric opening contains thematic elements that enable all four movements to flow together into a single entity, building towards the exuberant conclusion.
- Symphony No 35 in D, 'Haffner'
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
- Scottish Fantasy in E flat
- Max Bruch (1838-1920)
- Symphony No 4 in D minor (1841 version)
- Robert Schumann (1810-1856)