BSO Concert Hall

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Kirill Karabits
CONDUCTOR

Andreas Ottensamer
CLARINET


BRAHMS
Variations on a Theme of Haydn

HINDEMITH
Clarinet Concerto

WEBER
Concertino

SCHUMANN
Symphony No.4

It was the jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman who asked Hindemith to write a concerto for him, having already commissioned works from a number of composers, including Bartók and Copland. It is a work of particular serenity and melody, marked by a distinctive, translucent polyphonic language encompassing the entire chromatic scale. The four movements reflect four moods – hedonism, optimism, lyricism and gaiety. Weber's works for the clarinet broke fresh ground, allowing the recently developed instrument a new measure of prominence and demonstrate its wide-ranging capabilities for both expressivity and virtuosic display. It is a tribute to his ability that the dramatic and energetic Concertino remains a favourite in the standard repertory with its deft interplay between soloist and orchestra.

Equally inventive and a landmark in the history of the symphony, Schumann’s Fourth Symphony is a sinuous and structurally taught work. Its four thematically connected movements are played without pause, enhancing the poetic flow of the solemn grandeur of the music before reaching its volatile and explosive ending – and its threat of insurrection, violence, terror and madness. Also known as the St Anthony Variations, the Haydn Variations marked the turning point of Brahms’ career as an orchestral composer. With its range and inventiveness, the work is more than a mere set of variations however – rather a work of ever-evolving harmonic and rhythmic enhancements.

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