Belgian National Orchestra – Roberto González-Monjas conductor – Truls Mørk cello
Chamber Symphony no. 2 (Belgian Premiere) Richard Dubugnon
Concerto for cello and orchestra, op. 129 Robert Schumann
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Symphony, Hob.I:103, "Drumroll" Joseph Haydn
The Swiss composer Richard Dubugnon – a rising star in the world of contemporary classical music - is sometimes referred to as ‘the son of Ravel and Prokofiev’. His lyrical style and colourful orchestrations bring together French and Russian influences. Dubugnon’s Chamber Symphony No. 2 is now to be heard in Belgium for the first time.
Most certainly equally intimate is Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto, a work of great virtuosity and warm and intense lyricism. Schumann had an exceptional affinity with the cello, an instrument he first turned to after being forced to give up the piano after injuring his right hand. Finally, a season titled ‘RHYTHM!’ has to include Joseph Haydn's Drumroll Symphony, the penultimate work in the series that has become known as his twelve London Symphonies.