Hugh Wolff & Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring (Orchestrated by the composer, 1945)
Pascal Dusapin, Aufgang
Robert Schumann, Symphony Nr. 1 in B-flat major, op. 38 "Spring"
BACK TO NATURE
“For all things change, making way for each other.” That is how Euripides summed up the power of nature, which is constantly changing and evolving. This idea is also reflected in the violin concerto Aufgang, in which “the conflict between darkness and the blinding light is the driving force.” The shadows of the orchestra make way for the radiant violin. Dusapin composed Aufgang especially for Renaud Capuçon, who is travelling to Brussels to perform the Belgian premiere of this work this evening.
Robert Schumann’s Symphony no. 1, also known as the Spring Symphony, is in the same vein. He wrote to a friend: “Could you breathe a little of the longing for spring into your orchestra as they play? That was most in my mind when I wrote this symphony.” Spring also seemed to be on Aaron Copland’s mind when he composed his Appalachian Spring. But this is based on a misunderstanding. While spring is definitely in the air in his composition, here the English word refers to a ‘source’.
As part of the Festival Dusapin
Belgian premiere for Pascal Dusapin's Aufgang
Hugh Wolff is among the leading conductors of his generation. He has appeared with all the major American orchestras including those of Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, S