Sergey Khachatryan & Max Bruch / Brahms 2
Thomas Adès, These Premises are Alarmed, Op. 16 (Belgian premiere)
Max Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
RICH AND SEDUCTIVE
The Belgian National Orchestra is opening its season with the Belgian premiere of These Premises are Alarmed. The British composer Thomas Adès (whose opera Powder Her Face was performed at la Monnaie/de Munt) wrote this work in 1996 for the inauguration of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. He is our ‘composer in residence’ this season.
Beloved by the audience, Sergey Khachatryan, winner of the 2005 Queen Elisabeth competition, is returning to Belgium for a performance of the celebrated Violin Concerto No. 1 by Max Bruch. This composer and conductor was a great admirer of Mendelssohn and struck up a close friendship with Brahms. Bruch was quite young when he composed his Violin Concerto No. 1. The composition was, however, a difficult undertaking: Bruch was so dissatisfied with the first performance that he retrieved the score and sent it to Joseph Joachim, the most famous violinist of the time. It was on the basis of Joachim’s suggestions that Bruch made extensive changes to his concerto. In 1868 the final version of the Violin Concerto No. 1 was
premiered, this time with Joseph Joachim as the soloist. Although Bruch later composed a second and third violin concerto, his Violin Concerto No. 1 remains his most performed work to this day.
In the summer of 1877, having spent 21 years working on his Symphony No. 1, Johannes Brahms composed his Symphony No. 2 in the space of just a few months. Compared to what is regarded as its tragic predecessor in C minor, this symphony in D major is exceptionally light and merry, bathed in a pastoral atmosphere.
Hugh Wolff, conductor
Sergey Khachatryan, violin
Hugh Wolff is among the leading conductors of his generation. He has appeared with all the major American orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, S