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Former Music Director Hikotaro Yazaki makes a welcome return to work with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in this rich programme, in an exploration of the powerful music of three giants of German Romanticism. Wagner first contemplated the light-hearted Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) as a possible subject as early as 1845, but it wasn’t until he saw the sixteenth century Titian painting ‘Assumption of the Virgin’ in a Venice museum that his interest in this age-old tradition was fully ignited. The overture itself is abundant with wit and vitality. Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor is a very thoughtful composition, considered by many to be one of the three most important in the repertoire – the other two being those by Dvořák and Elgar. The enigmatic, intriguing work was completed in only two weeks of intense creativity. Brahms likewise wrote his second symphony with relative ease, in big contrast to the two-decade process required for his first. This is reflected throughout the work, which unfolds in a cheerful, trouble-free manner. It is thus occasionally referred to as Brahms’ Pastoral symphony.

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Former Music Director Hikotaro Yazaki makes a welcome return to work with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in this rich programme, in an exploration of the powerful music of three giants of German Romanticism. Wagner first contemplated the light-hearted Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) as a possible subject as early as 1845, but it wasn’t until he saw the sixteenth century Titian painting ‘Assumption of the Virgin’ in a Venice museum that his interest in this age-old tradition was fully ignited. The overture itself is abundant with wit and vitality. Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor is a very thoughtful composition, considered by many to be one of the three most important in the repertoire – the other two being those by Dvořák and Elgar. The enigmatic, intriguing work was completed in only two weeks of intense creativity. Brahms likewise wrote his second symphony with relative ease, in big contrast to the two-decade process required for his first. This is reflected throughout the work, which unfolds in a cheerful, trouble-free manner. It is thus occasionally referred to as Brahms’ Pastoral symphony.

Date

11 June 2021

Time

7:30 PM

Venue

Thailand Cultural Centre, Main Hall

Orchestra

RBSO

Conductor

Hikotaro Yazaki (Guest Conductor)

Soloist

Hitomi Niikura, Cello

Programme

Richard Wagner:
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Overture
Robert Schumann:
Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Johannes Brahms:
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

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