8th Symphony Concert 2015/16 //
conductor: Stefan Solyom
soloist: Danjulo Ishizaka (violoncello)
Antonín Dvořák Scherzo Capriccioso op. 66
Antonín Dvořák Concert for Violoncello and Orchestra h-minor op. 104
Bohuslav Martinů Symphony No. 2 H 395
The early English madrigals, the œuvre of Debussy and naturally Czech folk music all played a decisive role in Bohuslav Martinů’s compositional work. The connection to folk music is not the only thing Martinů and Dvořák have in common; they both spent time in America – albeit involuntarily. It was there that Martinů turned his attention to the genre of symphonic works and began experimenting with orchestral forms of expression. Yet his roots always remained firmly planted in rhythmics; »Because I’m Czech,« he said, »Czech folk music is stringently rhythmic.«
Though Antonín Dvořák’s cello concerto was composed in the United States, in spirit, the composer hadn’t left his home country. He had just received news that his first great love was seriously ill, and so he incorporated her favourite song »Leave Me Alone« into the concerto. »Why hadn’t I known it possible to write a cello concerto like this? If I had known that, I would have written one long ago,« Johannes Brahms marvelled the first time he held the score in his hands.