BEETHOVEN Fidelio Overture
GRIEG Two Elegiac Melodies for String Orchestra
BRUCH Violin Concerto No.1
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.3, 'Scottish'
Matthew Halls Conductor
Callum Smart Violin
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pride of place at the opening of Cheltenham's 2016–17 Concert Series is Beethoven’s exhilarating Fidelio Overture, a tour de force of virtuosity and full of adventurous spirit. A more sombre contrast follows in the form of Grieg’s Elegiac Melodies; the often introspective and sombre Grieg took inspiration from the poems of Vinje, which he ‘translated’ into this fine work for strings.
One of the most popular concertos in the repertoire, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 contrasts rhythmic orchestral patterns with dramatic and beautiful melodic themes. Closing the concert is Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony, inspired by his visit to Scotland, and evoking the wildness of the Highlands with the spirit of the Romantic movement.
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