Christoph Eschenbach - Conductor
Jennifer Montone - Horn
Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Strauss - Horn Concerto No. 1
Schumann - Symphony No. 2
Friday, January 9, 2015
Richard Strauss was just 18 when he wrote the first of his two horn concertos. Years of listening to his virtuoso horn player father rehearse imbued him with a deeply personal affinity for the instrument (the opening horn solo of Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks was inspired by a regular warm-up exercise). The fresh and dynamic Horn Concerto No. 1, performed with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Horn Jennifer Montone as soloist, features all of the hunting call’s noble and heroic qualities—and makes a fitting end to our two-year, 150th anniversary celebration of the composer’s birth. Brass also figures prominently in Schumann’s sunny Symphony No. 2, right from the opening trumpet call, a work especially wonderful in the hands of former Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, who leads these concerts.
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