Viva Italia!

Wednesday 8 May 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons  conductor

Strauss: Aus Italien 47′ Listen on Spotify

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (Italian) 26′

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien 16′

Roman holidays: when northern composers headed for Italy, it never took them long to go native. Felix Mendelssohn wrote a symphony that positively dances in the sunlight, and Tchaikovsky had barely left his hotel room before his head was fizzing with tunes. But the young Richard Strauss outdid them both with the joyous Aus Italien, a sunkissed, gloriously over-the-top celebration of Italy in all its exuberance. Andris Nelsons loves it; you’ll wonder why we don’t hear it more often! www.cbso.co.uk

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Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Never mind, the performance did all it could to convince, with gossamer upper  strings, a pungent undertow and well-characterised winds. Perhaps we will get  more used to the work when the Orfeo recording of this live performance is  released.

In the second half we relished two genuine masterpieces. The Mendelssohn was  instantly galvanising, typically elfin and lively, and the Tchaikovsky, after  the scariness of its opening (it terrified me as a two-year-old when I heard it  on Dad’s 78s), just burst with joyous interaction between the players — and  what a scintillating solo from trumpeter Jonathan Quirk.”

*****

 

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