Our Next Concert

Saturday 7th February 2015
Greyfriars Kirk, 7.45 pm

Shostakovich Symphony No 9 in Eb, Op 70
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op 31
Dvořák Symphony No 8 in G, Op 88

Conductor David Watkin
Tenor Joshua Owen Mills
Horn Patrick Broderick

Small in scale and full of humour, Shostakovich said of his 9th Symphony, 'Musicians will love to play it and critics will delight in blasting it'. The work was controversial from the outset, rejecting as it did the Soviet government's emphasis on subjects such as national character, service to the people, and 'truthfulness and realism'. The Serenade by Benjamin Britten, composed for Peter Pears and the great horn player Dennis Brain, remains one of his most evocative compositions. Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No 8 is not without its moments of pathos but it is essentially a warm and sunny work - as one might expect from a composer who reported that 'melodies simply pour out of me'.

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