As the evenings grow cooler, the HPO invites you to warm up in front of the glow of Slavic music.

Michael Sanderling, conductor
Jonathan Roozeman, sello

Programme:
Antonín Dvořák: Carnival, Overture
Aleksandr Glazunov: Mélodie for Cello and Orchestra
Aleksandr Glazunov: Sérénade espagnole for Cello and Orchestra
Antonín Dvořák: Waldesruhe
Antonín Dvořák: Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G Minor
Pjotr Tšaikovski: Symphony No. 1 “Winter Dreams”

As the evenings grow cooler, the HPO invites you to warm up in front of the glow of Slavic music. Jonathan Roozeman, the Finnish-Dutch cellist who has been described as a virtuoso on the pages of the New York Times, enjoys romantic music. In his hands, the atmospheric little pearls of cello music become even brighter!

Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the newly appointed Professor of Music Theory at the Moscow Conservatory, felt frustrated in the spring of 1866. Teaching took too much time away from composing, as he was working on an ambitious project: his first symphony. During his summer break, Tchaikovsky joined his family at their dacha on the outskirts of St. Petersburg and focused on composing. He wrestled day after day with his symphony, smoked too much, and eventually suffered a nervous breakdown. But the resulting symphony was captivating, full of strong Russian elements, charming melodies and nuanced orchestration. Despite the pain-filled process of creation, Tchaikovsky was very attached to his symphonic first-born and lovingly referred to it as “a sin of my sweet youth”.

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