Mendelssohn Abroad

Thursday 16 December 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Pablo Heras-Casado  conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet  piano

Mendelssohn: Overture, The Hebrides 10′ Listen
requires Real Player
Schumann: Piano Concerto 31”
Busoni: Berceuse Elégaique 9′
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (Italian) 26′ Listen
requires Real Player

It’s midwinter in Birmingham – so treat yourself to a blast of musical
sunshine, in the form of Mendelssohn’s exuberant Italian symphony.
From the moment it bursts into life to the dizzying final tarantella,
there’s never been a more joyous musical homage to the land of blue
skies and chanti! Pure escapism – and there’s pure romance on the
cards, too, in Schumann’s adorable Piano Concerto, written in the first
flush of love for his wife Clara. The great French keyboard poet Jean-
Efflam Bavouzet joins rising Spanish star Pablo Heras-Casado, who
also steers the CBSO across Mendelssohn’s musical seascape, and
adds a final touch to our musical exploration of the year 1910 with
Busoni’s haunting Berceuse Elégiaque.

Review by Elmley De La Cour, Birmingham Post:

… “From the misty opening of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Casado, conducting without a baton, directed with an impressive confidence and security, displayed in the most pleasing way: never overly busy, and inviting rather than imposing.” …

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