Live from Glasgow City Halls
Presented by Jamie MacDougal
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by their Artist in Association start a weekend of free concerts with their artist in association Matthias Pintscher. America has been and remains the inspiration and refuge for many composers. Here Charles Ives conjures up three places in New England, USA ( I. The "St. Gaudens" in Boston Common, II. Putnam's Camp, Redding, Connecticut, III. 'The Housatonic at Stockbridge) focusing on their unique atmospheres and layering American Folk tunes in order to reflect American lifestyle and ideals.
Bela Bartok fled to the USA when the Nazis got into power and there was war in Europe where he found protection. Bartok spent his life collecting folk music and although his second violin concerto is written in 12 tones, it is inspired by folk music and the opening theme is derived specifically from folk dances collected in Transylvania.
Dvorak visited America at the end of the 19th century which provided the impetus for his best known and most loved 9th symphony. He did not actually use African American Spirituals, but he was inspired by them, and wrote original themes as subjects using modern rhythms, counterpoint and colour.
Presented from Glasgow City Halls by Jamie MacDougall
Dvorak - Symphony No 9 "From the New World"
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Jennifer Koh (violin)
Matthias Pintscher (conductor).