Jérémie Rhorer conductor
Francesco Piemontesi piano
Schubert, Overture In the Italian Style, D.590
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” 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, which was premièred by Schumann’s wife, Clara, on New Year’s Day 1846.
6.15-6.50pm Join us for a free pre-concert talk in the DMH auditorium to find out more about tonight’s artists and delve into the background behind the music.