Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff
Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas
Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in youthful masterpieces by Mozart and Zemlinsky, plus Brahms' popular Variations on a theme by Haydn.
Mozart's third Violin Concerto marked a significant step forward for the young composer, still only 19. Written in Salzburg, it's an astonishing achievement of refined elegance. It's played by the young soloist Alexandra Soumm, one of the rising stars of Radio 3's New Generation Artist Scheme.
Zemlinsky was still a student when he wrote his first symphony. Completed in 1893 as he was finishing his studies at the Vienna Conservatoire, he conducted the premiere himself at the end of term concert. It immediately established the young composer as a master of orchestral colour with an assured sense of symphonic development - almost all of the musical material germinates from the seed of the first five notes.
Brahms was in the audience for that concert, and he immediately became a great champion of Zemlinsky's music. Twenty years earlier, his own Variations on the St. Anthony Chorale had a similar mastery, an impressive development of a simple theme into a joyous and inventive symphonic outburst. For Brahms it proved a vital stepping stone to the successful creation of his first symphony.
Martyn Brabbins returns to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for the first time since their storming Proms success with Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony in the summer.
Brahms Variations on a theme of Haydn
Mozart Violin Concerto no.3 in G major K.216
Zemlinsky Symphony no.1 in d minor
Alexandra Soumm violin
Martyn Brabbins conductor.
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