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The 88th Symphony is one of Haydn’s best known and most joyous works. Certainly, on hearing the slow movement, Brahms remarked ‘I want my Ninth Symphony to sound like this’.

The First Horn Concerto by Richard Strauss is an early work, composed for his father who was an eminent Horn player, and played this evening by the principal horn of the Meadows Chamber Orchestra, David Wilson. Brahms is genuinely puzzling because he combines so many contradictions: “too romantic/a diehard classicist/a fusty traditionalist/a trailblazer for modernism”. Yet despite some darker moments, the Second Symphony remains one of the most loved in the symphonic repertoire.

Haydn Symphony No. 88 in G major
Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 Op. 11
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73

Peter Evans: conductor
David Wilson: Horn

Presented by the Meadows Chamber Orchestra

"The concert pulsated with vitality from start to finish"

(Conrad Wilson)

Meadows Chamber Orchestra

Since 1972 the Meadows Chamber Orchestra has performed regularly in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. Under the artistic direction of its Principal Conductor, Peter Evans, it has established an enviable reputation for imaginative, attractive programming. Distinguished soloists, often at the beginning of their professional careers, have performed with the MCO which has for many years received awards and financial support for its encouragement of new work by composers based in Scotland and beyond. The MCO is one of the few amateur orchestras to have broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as well as on BBC Radio Scotland.

 

Meadows Chamber Orchestra