Friday 28th September 2018, 7:30 PM
Slovak Philharmonic Concert Hall
James Judd – conductor
Renaud Capuçon – violin
Alexander Moyzes – Jánošík’s Guys, Op. 21, overture for symphonic orchestra
Béla Bartók – Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112
Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
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The Slovak Philharmonic orchestra opens the 54th Bratislava Music Festival with a work by Alexander Moyzes, the founder of the Slovak modern symphony. Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2 was written in the depressing period preceding the outbreak of WW2, and it is the last work of the composer written prior to his emigration to the USA. For Johannes Brahms the way to symphonic genre was thorny; the German author finished his first symphony as a 40-year-old man. After this “debut” he plucked up courage and his Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 abounds with cheerfulness and fresh invention.
Slovak Philharmonic led by its music director James Judd welcomes the French violinist Renaud Capuçon at the festival’s opening concert. The violinist has a number of admirers in Bratislava; he excels at convincing moulding of contrasts of “understated tenderness and charming daring” (New York Times). He boasts the instrument Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” from 1737, which belonged to Isaac Stern for a certain period.