Saturday 16th May 2009 at 7:45pm

Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann

Philip Rowson
Philip Rowson

Programme May 2009SchumannSymphony No.3

Mozart Flute Concerto No.1 in G major
    Soloist Philip Rowson

Strauss ‘Till Eulenspiegel’ 

Schumann's "Rhenish" is perhaps his brightest and most optimistic work. Its tunefulness and folk-like character quickly made it one of his greatest successes and its popularity has endured to the present day. Despite Mozart's well known claim to dislike the flute, he wrote very well for it, including this delightful concerto. Strauss's tone poem chronicles the misadventures and pranks of a mischievous German peasant folk-hero. We hear him upsetting market stalls, poking fun at the clergy, flirting with girls and mocking academics. But eventually he is captured and sentenced to death for blasphemy!