“Play me some village music” declared Antonin Dvořák at the height of his fame. “That‘s what I like”. And at the heart of the lovely slow movement of his Eighth Symphony, that’s exactly what he composed: a moment of sheer, unaffected happiness at the heart of a symphony that brims over with affection and joy. It’s a delightful showcase for the “tremendous” (The Herald) young British conductor Alpesh Chauhan, and it’ll strike sparks off the uproarious jazz stylings of Malcolm Arnold’s Second Clarinet Concerto, delivered with flair by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Annelien Van Wauwe. Romantic string miniatures by Mendelssohn and Webern, meanwhile, are like pools of calm amidst the festivities.
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.