Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Carter conductor
Karen Gomyo violin
Smetana The Bartered Bride: Overture
Dvořák Violin Concerto
Bruckner Symphony No.4 Romantic
About this performance
The MSO welcomes extraordinary violinist Karen Gomyo and German-based Australian conductor Daniel Carter for this glorious program of Czech and German gems to satiate your musical soul.
- Smetana’s exuberant overture to his 1866 comic opera The Bartered Bride weaves dance-like Czech folk tunes with rollicking strings and characterful woodwinds, hurtling toward a triumphant finale.
- Dvořák wrote his Violin Concerto for the superstar virtuoso Joseph Joachim, who expressed his disapproval over elements of the composition, and then ultimately refused to perform it. But Joachim’s loss is Gomyo’s gain – the work’s lush, romantic Adagio, and its animated, folk-inspired dance forms have cemented its popularity with violinists and audiences alike.
- In contrast to the fast-paced works above, Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony takes its time, in no rush to show its full character too soon. Instead, this broad work starts with solo horn against a backdrop of simmering strings, building throughout until the demure opening theme metamorphoses into a bursting, glorious finale.
Duration: approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes including interval