Buoyed by his recent marriage to his beloved Clara after years of parental interference, Robert Schumann composed his Symphony No. 1, known as "Spring," in 1841. Music Director and Conductor Clay Couturiaux guides the Richardson Symphony Orchestra into capturing the romance of that special piece, as well as Frederick Delius' prelude to the opera Irmelin. Eleanor Dunbar, the recent winner of the Eisemann International Young Artists Competition, joins the orchestra on the technically challenging work of famed Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, of which a major musicologist notes, "In the easier and looser concerto forms invented by Mendelssohn and Schumann, I have not met a more original, a more masterly, and a more exhilarating work than the Sibelius violin concerto."
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38 Spring
Delius: Irmelin Prelude
Sibelius Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
Eleanor Dunbar, Winner of the Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition
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