Wendy Page, TSO Principal Horn, performs Mozart’s Horn Concerto No 2, one of the composer’s sunniest creations. Haydn’s symphonies have accumulated all sorts of nicknames – The Bear, The Clock, The Miracle – but The Hen is one of the weirdest. (To some of the symphony’s first listeners, a motif in the opening movement sounded like the clucking of a hen.) Specially commissioned for Paris, The Hen is charming and inventive, tuneful and witty.
The nickname of Schumann’s Third Symphony, Rhenish, points to the symphony’s connection with the Rhine river. Schumann composed the work in the Rhine city of Dusseldorf and was inspired by the great edifice of Cologne cathedral. It is one of his most powerful and exhilarating works.
Making his debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is Gérard Korsten, Principal Conductor of the Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg Bregenz, in Austria.