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Christoph von Dohnányi - Conductor
Ricardo Morales - Clarinet
Brahms - Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Weber - Clarinet Concerto No. 1
Beethoven - Symphony No. 7
Christoph von Dohnányi presents a program of German masterpieces. In his Symphony No. 7, Beethoven uses the smallest amount of material to craft a mighty symphony for the ages. From the emotive Allegretto of the second movement to the giddy Scherzo of the third movement and the noble finale, the Seventh stands as one of the most perfectly crafted works ever written. The success of Brahms’s Haydn Variations gave the composer the confidence to complete his long-awaited First Symphony. While the true origins and composer for “Haydn’s theme” may remain a mystery, Brahms transforms a simple, lilting melody into a tour-de-force for orchestra. Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales performs the jovial and virtuosic Clarinet Concerto No. 1 by Carl Maria von Weber, which was premiered in 1811, the same year as Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.
Davyd Booth, Philadelphia Orchestra ViolinistPre-Concert Conversations