August 23, 2013

2013–14 Season: Matthew McDonald Recommends

"Mozart & Tchaikovksy (Stravinsky's Fairy Kiss; Mozart Piano Concerto; Tchaik 5) will be a blast because each piece on the program features the bassoon in an interesting and dramatic way. Very challenging.

"Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony has been something I've been wanting to play for a long time. The piece's character demands a mournful and, at times, a darkly humorous bassoon voice.

"I can't wait to get started!"
--Matthew McDonald, Principal Bassoon

Mozart & Tchaikovsky

Nov. 7 and 9; Christoph Campestrini, guest conductor; Barry Snyder, piano

STRAVINSKY The Fairy’s Kiss: Divertimento
MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 5

Shostakovich's Tenth
May 22 and 24; Thomas Wilkins, guest conductor; Douglas Prosser, trumpet

BECKEL  Toccata for Orchestra      
ARUTIUNIAN  Trumpet Concerto          
SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 10

Listen to an excerpt from the fourth movement of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, performed by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. (You can hear an example of the "mournful" bassoon voice that Matthew describes starting around 2:35; hear McDonald perform it live with the RPO in May, 2014).

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