Wednesday 13 May 2015, 7.30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

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Jérémie Rhorer conductor

Francesco Piemontesi piano

Mendelssohn Overture, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Schumann Piano Concerto


Schubert Overture In the Italian Style, D.590

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, Italian

At the age of 21, Mendelssohn undertook his second ‘grand tour’ of Europe where inspiration struck for an Italian symphony. Mendelssohn was drawn to, as he put it, the vivacity and “supreme delight in life” he found in Italy. The result, is a symphony that’s instantly joyous, especially at the leaping ‘Saltarello’ dance of the finale. Alongside, the quiet beauty of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, the première of which was given by Schumann’s wife, Clara, on New Year’s Day, 1846.

This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Philharmonia