Belgian National Orchestra – Hugh Wolff conductor – Renaud Capuçon violin
Appalachian Spring Aaron Copland
Aufgang, concerto for violin and orchestra Pascal Dusapin
Symphony no. 1, op. 38, "Spring" Robert Schumann
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’.