MOZART The Marriage of Figaro: Overture
ELGAR Serenade for Strings
MOZART Horn Concerto No.4
ROSSINI The Italian Girl in Algiers: Overture
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4, 'Italian'
Chloé van Soeterstède Conductor
Ben Goldscheider French Horn
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Make way! Here Come The Classics! Europe’s rich tradition of orchestral music has produced a canon of legendary music that has stood the test of time. This concert celebrates the very best that this continent has to offer, opening with Mozart’s energetic Overture to The Marriage of Figaro which gives a foretaste of the comical opera that it introduces. Then follows Elgar’s entrancing Serenade for Strings, which makes a treasured pendant to the first half of this concert.
The RPO returns to the stage after the interval with the explosive Overture to Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers. Packed with energy, the Overture perfectly showcases the full instrumental colour and spirit that the RPO is renown for. Mendelssohn’s buoyant and cheerful Symphony No.4, ‘Italian’ closes this concert with panache and flair; a charming expression of how Italy made him feel.
FREE: Pre-concert talk at 2:00pm with conductor Chloé van Soeterstède in the auditorium.