JOHN ADAMS Tromba Lontana
R. STRAUSS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 8
- intermission -
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
Boris Brovtsyn (violin)
Conductor: András Keller
This concert includes a work by the great teen composer who was passionately in love and working to a commission, a piece representing Minimalism and a Romantic composition, the programme of which spans nearly a century from the 1880s to the 1980s. The Russian Boris Brovtsyn is guest soloist of Concerto Budapest. He has over 50 violin concertos on his repertoire, despite which so far Hungarian audiences have only heard him as a chamber musician.
The Houston Symphonics commissioned John Adams, maestro of American Minimalism, with the orchestral fanfare for the 150th anniversary of the declaration of independence of Texas from Mexico in 1986. Generally, when performing this work the trumpets are separated from the orchestra, and each other, and usually played from the gallery of the given concert hall. The 17-year-old, yet already hugely ambitious Richard Strauss dedicated his first and only violin concerto to Benno Walter, his violin teacher and cousin, concertmaster of the Munich court orchestra. “Oh, heavens, what are they to make of this chaos of which new worlds are forever being engendered, only to crumble in ruin the moment after? What are they to say to this primeval music, this foaming, roaring, raging sea of sound, to these dancing stars, to these breathtaking, iridescent and flashing breakers?” These words were written by Gustav Mahler about his own fifth symphony, not really trusting the comprehension of the contemporary audience because when talking about the same work composed around the time of his wedding he gave voice to his wish: “Oh, that I might give my symphonies their first performance fifty years after my death!”.