Mozart to Mendelssohn
Mozart- Overture to Cosi fan Tutte
Mendelssohn- Violin Concerto in E minor
Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin
Beethoven- Symphony no. 7 in A major
Tamsin Waley-Cohen, one of today’s most popular artists, returns to the ESO after her triumphant debut with the orchestra in 2013 for a performance of Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto. The concert concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s most exciting and life-affirming symphony, the Seventh.
— “The most exceptionally gifted young violinist I have ever encountered”
Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture
Gál- Concertino for Cello and Orchestra
Matthew Sharp- cello
Mendelssohn- Symphony no. 3
Has any journey given the music world more pleasure than Mendelssohn’s visit to Scotland in 1829? His unforgettable portraits of the wild seascapes of Fingal’s Cave and the solemn majesty of Holyrood remain among music’s most evocative tone paintings. In many ways Mendelssohn’s musical grandson, Hans Gál fled Nazi oppression, settling for the rest of his life in Edinburgh where he wrote his touching a melodic Cello Concertino in 1965.
Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich
Tchaikovsky- Andante cantabile for Strings
Shostakovich arr. Barshai- Chamber Symphony, opus 83a
Tchaikovsky- Violin Concerto
Tamsin Waley-Cohen- violin
Tchaikovsky’s widely-loved Violin Concerto brims with of optimism, passion and high spirits. With its endless abundance of melody thrilling violin writing, it’s hard to imagine how much trouble it gave its creator. The Concerto was conceived and composed in a period of profound personal crisis, just after Tchaikovsky’s disastrously failed marriage in 1878, and after it was completed, Tchaikovsky suffered seemingly endless setbacks in trying to get the work performed, with its dedicatee calling it “unplayable” and later making myriad unwarranted cuts and changes. Such a difficult birth is hard to fathom for one of the most beloved works in the repertoire.
Like Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich excelled in an usual breadth of musical genres, but his string quartets are among his most personal statements. In fact, his Fourth String Quartet was composed “for the drawer” with no possibility of immediate performance during the Stalinist repression of the post-WWII Soviet Union. A generation later, Shostakovich’s friend and student Rudolf Barshai orchestrated the work as the Chamber Symphony opus 83a – a communicative masterpiece that ranges from spooky stasis to tragic grandeur.