Eschenbach Visits

Christoph Eschenbach - Conductor

Jennifer Montone - Horn


Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

Strauss - Horn Concerto No. 1


Schumann - Symphony No. 2

Saturday, January 10, 2015

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

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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program notes

Davyd Booth, Violinist, The Philadelphia Orchestra

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