All-Dvorák Program with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter
July 11, 2014
Czech composer Antonin Dvorák was a long-serving orchestral string player, so it is curious that his beautiful, singing violin concerto should be the least well-known of all the instrument's great masterpieces. Flowing, lyrical and fiery, the concerto reminds the German virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter of passages in Mozart's The Magic Flute sung by the Queen of the Night due to its technically daunting passages for the violin's highest register. Andris Nelsons, the BSO's music director designate, offers a torrent of melodies in Dvorák's 8th symphony, in turns thrilling, adventurous and achingly lyrical.