- Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
- Variations on a Rococo Theme
- Symphony No. 7
- Laura van der Heijden
- Christoph Koenig
Intrigue and mystery envelope Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, ‘Unfinished’, for which only two movements were completed. It stretches beyond elegant, balanced Classicism and opens with a ghostly pianissimo in the low strings.
Although the name Tchaikovsky prompts memories of alluring romantic melodies and powerful orchestral works, he was a composer who revered Mozart above all others. This love influenced Tchaikovsky to write Variations on a Rococo Theme, performed tonight by enchanting British cellist Laura van der Heijden.
Dvořák hoped that his impassioned Symphony No. 7, inspired by past sorrows and love for his Czech homeland, would be ‘capable of stirring the world’.