The River

The River

Saturday 15 October, 7.30pm

Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

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Julian Kirgan Báez (1992 - )
Commissioned Work (2021)

Orchestra Wellington continues its commitment to showcasing emerging talents in the local composition scene. 

Joseph Joachim (1831 - 1907)
Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘Hungarian’ (1858)

Budapest-born Joachim was one of the pre-eminent violin soloists of the latter half of the 19th century. His name is associated with the greatest composers of his time, being their foremost interpreter, champion and inspirer, as well as, at times, their critic. Brahms wrote for him, as did Schumann; Joachim’s interpretations of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart were highly regarded. As a composer, he was a protege of Schumann and Mendelssohn. In this concerto, he gives free rein to the Hungarian, Jewish and Romany influences familiar from his childhood. As a soloist, Joachim put his virtuosity in service of musicianship; in his compositions, he likewise offers a great deal more than empty showmanship. The slow movement especially is an effortlessly fluid rhapsody in the style of a Romany ballad.

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” (1850)

The Schumann family’s move to Dusseldorf on the Rhine marked the start of another  creative period. A trip to visit the great cathedral in Cologne seems to have been another inspiration, linked also to the poet he loved, Heinrich Heine, who wrote, “The Rhine, the beautiful river, / reflects in its waves, with its great cathedral, the great holy city of Cologne”. Schumann’s response was a five-movement symphony as carefully structured and balanced as a cathedral, yet filled with natural ebullience.

Commissioned Work

Julian Kirgan Báez

Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘Hungarian’

Joseph Joachim

Amalia Hall violin

Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish’

Robert Schumann