Humperdinck Prelude, Hansel and Gretel
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
Dvořák Symphony No. 8
Rory Macdonald conductor
Lambis Vassiliadis piano
After the ominous dark clouds of his Seventh Symphony, in his Eighth Antonín Dvořák articulated his pleasure of life and enchantment with human existence in what may be the most blissful symphony he wrote – a work overflowing with joyous fanfares and capturing so vividly the beauty of the natural world. Dvořák was soon snapped up by a music college in New York, a long way from his Czech homeland.
There was a similar intention behind Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. With its easy elegance and pruned sophistication, Chopin hoped to endear himself to the opinion-forming concertgoers of Paris, 850 miles from his home in Warsaw. Rory Macdonald opens this concert with the unmatched musical magic of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Prelude.