On this episode of At The Symphony, we preview the sixth concert of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks Series for the 2016-17 season. Ahead of the annual "Beethoven and Blue Jeans" concert, we explore the German composer's Consecration of the House Overture. The piece contains all of the master's distinctive traits of his late mature style, mixing baroque sensibilities with a fiery and often bombastic symphonic style.
Also, we hear the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius' Second Symphony, sometimes considered to be a nationalist work, as its triumphant last movement theme was thought to evoke the Finnish people's desire for independence from Russia in the beginning of the 20th century.
And we hear Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, one of the most enduringly popular violin concertos ever written.