Felix Mendelssohn’s overture to Victor Hugo’s play Ruy Blas skilfully sets the stage for a dramatic and tragic tale, with a brooding opening that quickly finds its feet with an energetic melody, before sweeping into a spirited finale. It’s a curtain raiser that’s sure to delight.
The mood continues with Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. It’s a rare chance to hear a trumpet take the lead as a solo instrument, and just as rare to hear Sydney Symphony’s brilliant and renowned Principal Trumpet, David Elton, bring this unique composition to life.
In his Symphony No. 8, Dvořák digs into his Czech heritage. With nature-inspired themes, bird-like woodwind melodies and swift contrasts, it’s impossible not to be swept up into Dvořák’s homeland pride and joyous optimism.
MENDELSSOHN Ruy Blas Overture
HAYDN Trumpet Concerto
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DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8
ROGER BENEDICT conductor
DAVID ELTON trumpet