Midsummer Mendelssohn

Thursday 23 June 2011 at 7.30pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Cornelius Meister conductor
Arabella Steinbacher violin

Mendelssohn: Overture Midsummer Night’s Dream 11′
Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream 5′
Mendelssohn: Intermezzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3′
Mendelssohn: Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream 5′
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto 27′
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 36′ Listen
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It takes some doing to improve on Shakespeare – but not even the Bard himself could top the magic that the young Felix Mendelssohn sprinkled all over his ravishing music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s some of the loveliest music ever inspired by poetry – and just wait until you hear the famous Wedding March played the way Mendelssohn intended, by a jubilant full orchestra. The same enchantment makes Mendelssohn’s ever-popular Violin Concerto sparkle and dance, so we’re lucky to have a true magician of the violin, the incomparable Arabella Steinbacher, as soloist. And then guest conductor Cornelius Meister sweeps away the cobwebs with a stirring blast of Beethoven’s Seventh. If ever a symphony had the freshness and power of a summer thunderstorm, it’s this one. Breathtaking. www.cbso.co.uk

Arabella Steinbacher’s encore – Ysaÿe – The Obsession Sonata

Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:



…     “Arabella Steinbacher’s performance of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto was very different – with all the sparkle one could wish for.


Steinbacher emphasized the work’s lyricism and was most effective in the tender andante and quicksilver finale, after a slightly cool opening movement.


In her encore, the first movement of Ysaÿe’s Bach-inspired first sonata, she was dazzlingly dextrous.”