Variations on a Theme by Haydn were composed by Brahms on the base of Chorale St. Antoni, a piece attributed to Haydn at the time. Brahms, inspired by Beethoven, created a new genre: independent symphonic variation form. Brahms and Max Bruch have something in common: both discovered clarinet late in life and both wrote for one talented performer. Bruch wrote his concert in his 70s, close to retirement, and dedicated it to his son, 25-year-old Max Felix. Intimate dialogue between the two instruments, rich with sound texture and inspirations from his previous works, continues the tradition of romantic, subtle music. Rachmaninov’s “Spring” tells a story of forgiveness and new beginnings that come with each spring, with the main role played by the rustle of nature coming to life and diffusing bad thoughts as the snow and ice melts. The evening shall be closed with Polovtsian Dances, probably the most famous fragment of Borodin’s “Prince Igor,” sounding exotically with the music of Polovtsians.
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Violetta Bielecka—choir preparation
Johannes Brahms—Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
Max Bruch—Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, Op. 88
Sergei Rachmaninov— “Spring” Cantata, Op. 20
Alexander Borodin—Polovtsian Dances