Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Peter Luff conductor
Rachael Tobin cello
Bonis Legendary Women, three pieces for orchestra
Kodály Dances of Galánta
Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major*
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol
About this performance
Australian horn player-turned-conductor Peter Luff partners up with the MSO to lead us through this eclectic dance party of a program.
- French composer Mélanie ‘Mel' Bonis was highly regarded in her time, but, as with many women in classical music, her presence has been largely obscured over the course of history. Fitting, then, that she should uncover three Legendary Women in this haunting piece of swirling harmonies and quiet strength.
- Kodály is perhaps best remembered for inventing the Kodály method – a system known by primary school students and Sound of Music lovers all over the world – where notes of the scale are associated with hand signals (do, re, me etc.). Kodály’s other major contribution to music was his celebration of Hungarian folk melodies on the orchestral stage, such as these beguiling and memorable dances from Galánta, a town on the train line from Budapest to Vienna.
- MSO Associate Principal Cello Rachael Tobin performs Haydn's First Cello Concerto – a flowing and virtuosic showcase of the instrument that dances in perfect counterpoint with the orchestra.
- With boisterous percussion and jovial brass, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol showcases the virtuosity of individual instruments in the orchestra through a vivid amalgamation of Spanish dances and Russian gypsy music.
Duration: approx. 100 minutes including interval
*Please note: Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major has replaced Anna Clyne's DANCE for this performance.