All three works in this concert are unashamedly Romantic. MacCunn’s The Land of the Mountain and the Flood was inspired by Scottish landscapes, and the music conjures up sweeping vistas of the highlands. It’s no surprise that Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is one of the best-loved of all concertos, with a delicately sentimental middle movement followed by a joyous finale. Continuing the mood of exuberance, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 was composed in happy circumstances, and the symphony’s cheerful and optimistic melodies also reflect Dvorak’s love of Bohemia and its folk music.
Conductor James Judd, appearing with the DSO for the first time, is the NZSO’s Music Director Emeritus and his extensive international career takes him to the USA, the UK and Europe, and Asia. NZ Trio violinist and Orchestra Wellington Concertmaster Amalia Hall is acclaimed for her ability to move audiences with her ‘sumptuous and sweet tone, inherent musicality and natural facility’, so her performance of Mendelssohn’s concert is bound to be captivating.
James Judd: Conductor
Amalia Hall: Violin
MacCunn: The Land of the Mountain
and the Flood - Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8