Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Violin James Ehnes
Bruch Violin Concerto No.1
Schumann Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’
The superstar violinist James Ehnes is absolutely not to be missed. His APO return with Bruch’s evergreen concerto, with its dramatic opening and spirited finale, will be a highlight of the season.
Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ Symphony was inspired by the country of the River Rhine and by Cologne Cathedral. It was a particularly happy time in Schumann’s life, and this shines through in buoyant, ebullient music.
In contrast, Strauss’s indescribably moving tone-poem for 23 solo strings is a lament for the destruction of civilised Germany in World War II.