Saturday, January 11, 2020

An All Italian Romantic Flavor To This HSO Concert

It is that time [Saturday Jan. 11] once again when Sheralyn B. and I travel to Jones Hall in downtown Houston to hear our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra, this time in a concert program they entitled "Paganini and the Pines of Rome'. 

This is a wonderful concert program featuring 3 Italian Romantic Era composers in some popular selections:  Gioachino Rossini's, "William Tell Overture"; Nicolo Paganini's, "Violin Concerto #1"; and Ottorino Respighi's, "Fountains of Rome" and "Pines of Rome".

Niccolo Paganini [1782 - 1840]
Who better to lead this all Italian program than the young Italian Maestro, Jader Bignamini, with violin virtuoso Augustin Hadelich soloist in the Paganini concerto.

This about the concert program from the HSO website:  "He was the original showman—and Paganini’s bag of musical tricks knows no limit in his Violin Concerto No. 1, a work of mind-blowing virtuosity that pushes the instrument to its very limits.  Performing it is not for the faint of heart, but when it comes to daredevil violin feats, Grammy Award winner Augustin Hadelich has a knack for making it look easy. Visions of the Eternal City are brushed with a palette of infinite color in Respighi’s glittering tone poems."

Once again, when the fetching Mrs. B and I go to a Houston Symphony Orchestra program I like to give you a sample of the pieces we will be hearing in Jones Hall.

Please turn up the volume to hear some wonderful Italian composed Romantic music.

Rossini: "William Tell Overture":

Paganini: "Violin Concerto #1": Movement 3, Rondo: Allegro Spirituoso:

Respighi: "Pines of Rome":

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