Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony

Friday
10
September
7.30PM
St John's Smith Square i
Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony
WA Mozart La Clemenza di Tito Overture
Béla Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 'Scottish'
Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor
With regal flair, trumpets and drums announce the arrival of Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito. Although written in the final year of his life, in ill health and under immense time pressure, Mozart triumphs with an overture fit for an Emperor. 

Bartók’s Divertimento is music which delights in contrast. Through a series of games between soloists and the full ensemble, a dialogue bounces back and forth in a rally of musical invention. However, a dark shadow hangs over the piece as a divided Europe begins to seep into Bartók’s composition, with this his final work before fleeing Hungary on the eve of it joining the Axis alliance. 

“I’M GOING TO SCOTLAND”, the enthusiastic Felix Mendelssohn inscribed in capital letters to his friend in London. And when he got there the young composer made note of what he saw not in words, but with music – his notes tracing the majestic Scottish Highlands.

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