Starting our evening of popular classics at Hayling will be the Overture
‘Leonora’ no 3 by Beethoven. This is one of four attempts
Beethoven made at writing an overture for his opera ‘Fidelio’. The
one actually called ‘Fidelio’ is usually used when the full opera
is performed but all four are heard separately in orchestral concerts, number 3
being probably the most popular. In the opera, Leonora disguises herself as a
boy – ‘Fidelio’ – in order to rescue her husband Florestan from a
Spanish prison. This intense drama is certainly reflected in the overture!
Fenella Humphreys is a violinist on a mission. Following a successful career
with the Lawson Trio she is now going it alone and making a great impact as a
soloist. Bruch’s first Violin Concerto has slipped back a little to
number 13 in the Classic FM Hall of Fame this year but is still surely one of
the most beautiful pieces for violin.
The evening concludes with Dvorak’s most enduring Symphony, his number
9, subtitled ‘From the New World’. This blend of Czech/Slovak and
American sounds is always a joy to listen to and not only for the big tune from
the Hovis ad! Listen out for the magical, plaintive sound of the cor anglais
and few quiet moments for string quartet.