Schubert’s ‘Great’ C major Symphony, completed shortly before the composer’s untimely death, was his final contribution to the genre. Conceived on the broadest scale – Schumann praised its ‘heavenly lengths’ – the Symphony combines the monumental with the intensely lyrical – a reflection perhaps of the main strands in mature Schubert. Dvořák’s Violin Concerto was written for the greatest nineteenth-century violinist, Joseph Joachim. For some reason Joachim never performed it publically. However, the work is an appealing amalgam of traditional concerto style and Czech colouring and, as performed by Josef Špaček, it should persuade all of its place in the repertoire.
We are sorry to let you know that both Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati and soloist Christian Tetzlaff have had to withdraw from this concert. We realise how disappointing this will be for everyone. It has proved to be a very difficult Concert Season for Robin Ticciati as a result of his enduring rehabilitation of his spine, following a back injury in 2016. Christian Tetzlaff’s withdrawal is due to entirely unrelated reasons.
We are pleased to be able to present the programme as originally billed. Taking the podium will be Warner Classics artist Maxim Emelyanychev and the exciting Czech violinist Josef Špaček will be the soloist.
Robin Ticciati’s final Winter Season concert as SCO Principal Conductor is Dvořák 'New World' Symphony. The programme also includes Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with Maximiliano Martín and JS Bach's Orchestral Suite No 4 in D.
An outstanding representative of the younger generation of Russian conductors, Maxim Emelyanychev studied conducting and piano with Gennady Rozhdestvensky in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
His prizes include the Golden Mask theatre prize as harpsichordist in a production of Le nozze di Figaro and a Gramphone Award 2017 for the album « in War & Peace » (Warner/Erato).
Czech violinist Josef Špaček has gradually established himself as one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation. He studied with Ida Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, Itzhak Perlman and Jaroslav Foltýn. He won top prizes at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, International Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.