Hough, Charlotte Symphony take new look at old classicsMar 15, 2014
The eighth concert of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's Classics Series offered three outpourings of joy.
It began with a loving tribute from one British master to another, Benjamin Britten's arrangement of a chacony by Henry Purcell. Then came Robert Schumann's piano concerto, which he began the year after he married his adored Clara Wieck (1841) and finished four years later, as he was recovering from the depression and ill health that had plagued him.
The night finished with Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 8, the most jovial of his nine. It begins with a lyrical flow of good humor and ends 40 minutes later in riotous brass whoops. If you weren't happy after thatoutpouring of high spirits, music probably couldn't have cheered you up Friday night.
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