Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Umberto Clerici conductor
Dale Barltrop violin
Schumann Violin Concerto
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Haydn
About the performance
MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop takes the spotlight as soloist in Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto under the baton of conductor Umberto Clerici in this program celebrating musical partnership.
- MSO’s Concertmaster in the spotlight
Hailed as a “wonderful musician and wonderful colleague” by MSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis, Dale Barltrop has held the position of MSO Concertmaster since 2014. Here he performs as soloist in Schumann’s Violin Concerto, a heartbreaking piece written in the months before the composer would be confined to the asylum where he would die two years later, aged just 46.
- A musical evolution
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello Umberto Clerici’s musical evolution from soloist to conductor has been one of great artistic collaboration and success. Following Clerici’s conducting debut at the Sydney Opera House, this partnership alongside MSO’s own Dale Barltrop renews the spirit of cooperation and celebration of the country’s finest classical musicians.
- A protégé comes into his own
Schumann’s Violin Concerto is paired with a work by his protégé, Johannes Brahms, who is inextricably linked to Robert and his wife Clara. Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn was written just as the composer was coming into his prime as a symphonic master. It was only after the success of these Variations in 1873 that Brahms would feel ready to produce his four symphonies.
Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval
Program and artists subject to change