4th Symphony Concert //
After filling in as a soloist on short notice in 2014, the wonderfully talented violinist Alena Baeva returns to Weimar to delight our audiences once again. This time she will be performing the violin concerto by Richard Strauss, who allegedly composed the piece at age seventeen during Math class. Music full of youthful audacity and yearning!
The same can be found in condensed form in the Polovetsian Dances from Borodin’s »Prince Igor«, an opera which the composer toiled over for eighteen years but never completed. Infused with drama and elements of Orientalism, the Dances remain highly popular in ballet and concert halls today.
Rachmaninov composed his second symphony in 1906/07 in Dresden where a guest performance of Strauss’ »Salome« might well have inspired him to tap the full potential of the orchestra. The result is a symphony which simply explodes with sumptuous melodies, combined in a large-scale orchestral work.