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The 2018-19 Season in Prospect
Our season has two thematic programmes, one German and the other Russian, but framed by mixed programmes. The first reaches from 1778 to 1919 and from Vienna through Bohemia to Denmark Ė indeed a Variety Show. Nielsonís Aladin Suite is the positive outcome from a troubled theatrical experience suffered by the composer whose music was incidental to an abortive  Ďdramatic fairy taleí that was taken off stage after 15 performances. The delightful Flute Concerto in G was apparently a deal of trouble for the young Mozart as he wrote,í I become quite powerless when I am obliged to write for an instrument I can't stand.í  DvořŠkís wonderful Eighth Symphony is, on the other hand, is a cheery and lyrical work in the best traditions of the works of this, apparently, happy and untroubled man.

Our January programme includes representatives of the great Romantic tradition of the German speaking countries. Picking up where we left off in the last programme the Tragic Overture of Brahms represents the kind of orchestral model that Dvorak followed but it is moodier, in a Romantic spirit, and more consciously constructed with classical instincts. We then follow the line of mentors and Ďstudentsí back to Schumann who was key in Brahmsís early career. Schumannís Introduction and Allegro for piano and orchestra, a Ďmini concertoí, of 1850, has been overshadowed by the earlier Concerto in A minor but is a fine example of the composerís late style. This Germanic orchestral programme culminates in the superb example of late Romantic expansiveness and depth of expression, Brucknerís Symphony No.6.

The March concert takes us to Russia. We begin with Rimsky-Korsakovís Overture on Russian Themes, an early work full of nationalist enthusiasm. Equally nationalist are Liadovís Eight Russian Folk Songs for orchestra. Following this is the tuneful Violin Concerto by Glazunov which has fewer of the folk references and is more European in its bravura and virtuosity.  The concert finishes with Borodinís Symphony No.2, a work with few overt references to folk idiom, but full of memorable themes.

Our final concert of the year, at the Royal Northern College of Music, opens with all the excitement and energy of Rossiniís Overture Semiramide and leads onto Scriabinís melodious Piano Concerto, a much less performed work than the composerís later piano and orchestral compositions but has more than a flavour of his colourful style. The culmination of our year will be Dvorakís Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) one of the best loved of orchestral works. This will provide the season with an energetic and spirited finale.

Concert Dates for 2018/19 Season
Date Venue Details Charity
Saturday January 26th 2019 Christ Church, Didsbury Brahms, Tragic Overture
Schumann, Introduction and Allegro
Bruckner, Symphony No. 6
Saturday March 23rd 2019 Holy Innocents, Fallowfield Rimsky-Korsakov, Overture on Russian Themes
Glazunov, Violin  Concerto
Liadov, 8 Russian Folk Songs
Borodin, Symphony No.2
The Proud Trust
Saturday June 8th 2019 RNCM Rossini, Semiramide Overture
Scriabin, Piano Concerto
Dvorak, Symphony No. 9
Beethoven Society