MENDELSSOHN, BRAHMS, AND SCHUMANN
Sunday, 17th March 2019
7.00pm, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, SW3 5EE
Mendelssohn, Ov. ‘Marchen vor der schonen Melusine’ op.32
Brahms, Concerto for Violin op.77 in D major
(Soloist: Melina Mandozzi)
Schumann, Symphony No 3 op.97 ‘Renish’ in E flat
We open our spring concert with a wonderfully liquid and mellifluous overture by Mendelssohn, one that is not that often performed. In German it is known as “Die Schöne Melusine” – The Beautiful Melusine. Liquid is the right word as Melusine is, in fact, a water nymph who has married a mortal by the name of Count Raymond but Saturday visits are out as Melusine turns into a mermaid for a day. The overture was written in 1834 as a birthday present for his sister Fanny and is based on a fifteenth century legend. The water motifs rippling round the strings and taken up by the winds, especially the clarinets, foreshadow Wagner and his Rheingold while there is an impressive contrast with Count Raymond’s intrepid Sturm and Drang rhythmic sections. It is a little gem of a piece.
Our second half symphony continues with the river theme as we go down the Rhine in the company of Robert Schumann. His third symphony, subtitled “The Rhenish”, interestingly has five movements with the first directly referencing the mighty power and surge of Germany’s foremost river while the second’s jaunty ländler leads via a slower movement onto the majestic solemnity of Cologne cathedral, where the patient trombones finally come into their own. Schumann did not wish this piece to be programmatic but every movement is distinct and evocative – it is indeed a joyous riot of melody, rhythm and musical invention.
We are delighted to welcome back our marvelous soloist, Melina Mandozzi, who regular KPO concert-goers will know and appreciate for her astounding musicianship and heart-felt interpretations. This time Melina will be playing Brahms’s violin concerto, a work suffused with emotion and soaring melodies, spiced up by stirring Hungarian gypsy rhythms. This is undoubtedly a treat to savour, both for those of you listening as well as for us playing – definitely a concert not to be missed.
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