Yasuo Shinozaki returns this week for the Overture to Weber’s iconic “Singspiel”, Der Freischütz.
He is joined by the gifted young cellist Alexander Ramm who will thrill the audience with the contemplative and elegiac Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and the evening closes with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in e minor.
Concerts will be presented at the Wits Linder Auditorium on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May 2019. Please note that during this Winter Season the concerts will start at 19:30, and The Pre-Concert Talks will be at 18:30.
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29 & 30 May at 19h30
Linder Auditorium, Parktown, Johannesburg
Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki
Soloist: Alexander Ramm, cello
Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz
Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in e minor, Op. 85
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in e minor, Op. 39
Shinozaki opens his second programme with Weber’s atmospherically charged Overture to his iconic “Singspiel”, Der Freischütz. A work of enormous importance in the annals of early German romanticism, following its 1821 première in Berlin, it swiftly impacted on audiences across Europe, who thrilled to its compelling mix of folk material, foreboding sense of mysticism and danger, and its strong dose of the supernatural. The work left an indelible imprint on the creative imagination of Richard Wagner and, a century later, on composers as diverse as Debussy, Stravinsky and Hindemith.
Elgar wrote his Cello Concerto in the aftermath of the First World War. For the most part contemplative and elegiac, the work stands in stark contrast with English composer’s earlier Violin Concerto, which is lyrical and passionate. The Cello Concerto’s first performance failed to please, as Elgar had inadequate rehearsal time. Major artists like Beatrice Harrison and Pablo Casals espoused it, but the work only achieved popularity in the 1960s, when a recording by Jacqueline du Pré became a classical hit. In recent seasons the gifted young cellist Alexander Ramm has earned his stripes performing it.
The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius started his First Symphony in 1898, completing it early the following year at the age of 33. Following its première by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under the composer’s baton, Sibelius made revisions to his score, resulting in the version performed to this day which was first given in Berlin in July 1900. Gratefully offering opportunities for orchestral players to shine, the symphony is characterised by its distinctive use of string and woodwind solos, such as the long clarinet solo, heard over a timpani roll in its opening movement, an idea that returns memorably at the start of the fourth movement, while other movements include violin, viola and cello solos.
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Preview of the remainder of the Winter Season:
Concert 3: 19h30
5 & 6 June 2019
Conductor: Arjan Tien
Soloist: Sodi Braide, piano
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro: Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in a minor, “Scottish”
Concert 4: 19h30
12 & 13 June 2019
Conductor: Robert Moody
Soloist: Ye-Eun Choi, violin
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major
The JPO facilitated numerous choir workshops in Soweto in April, and later participated in the regional leg of a school choir competition in Gauteng. 30 different school choirs and their choir masters were involved in this initiative as well as 22 individual soloists and smaller vocal groups – all under the baton of maestro Mohau Mogale.
It is through these Education and Development projects that many hear orchestral music for the first time, and the JPO recognises its vital impact on the development of an awareness of the arts, and the possibilities that exist for learners beyond their time in the formal classroom setting.
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