Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra January 2018
Symphony No.35, ‘Haffner’
Clarinet Concerto in B flat
Carl Philipp Stamitz
Clarinet Concerto in E flat
Against the backdrop of the birth of the modern orchestra, in Mannheim around 1750, Czech composer, Johann Stamitz, wrote what is probably history’s earliest clarinet concerto, and this milestone work is the first of two from tonight’s Austrian soloist. The second comes from Carl Stamitz, continuing where his father left off, by further developing both clarinet writing and classical structure in his concerto, with its broad symphonic style and thematic progression.
The evening opens with the brilliant Haffner, with its sweeping first movement containing just one real theme and innovative use of clarinets for added textural timbre. The finale, which Mozart marked ‘as fast as possible’, bubbles over with comic vivaciousness.
It was with his simultaneously airy and dramatic Fifth Symphony that Dvořák left his apprenticeship behind him and attained not only symphonic mastery but also the individual style – emblematic of his Bohemian roots – that makes him so popular.
Pre-Concert Talk (6.30pm to 7pm): Presented by a member of the BSO team.
Free entry using your ticket for the concert.
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Part of the 2017-18 Cheltenham Concert Series.
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