classical music

Mendelssohn and Friends

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Discover the associations between Mendelssohn, Weber and Schumann with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
'This is Italy!... And I am loving it... thank you, dear parents, for having given me all this happiness'.
The European tour Mendelssohn took in his early twenties was a rich source of inspiration.

One of its many musical fruits was the Italian symphony, full of southern warmth and exuberance.

Mendelssohn described it as 'the jolliest thing I have ever done', and its popularity has endured ever since its first performance in London in 1833.

Weber's opera Oberon (another influence on the young Mendelssohn) premiered at Covent Garden in 1826, and it was a triumph.

The story features familiar characters such as Titania and Puck, but also mermaids, pirates, and the Caliph of Baghdad.

The overture begins with the mysterious call of a distant horn, which is revealed later in the opera to have magical powers.

Mendelssohn conducted several early performances of Robert Schumann's beloved Piano Concerto, with Clara Schumann as the soloist.

And Clara summed up its appeal: 'how rich in invention, how interesting from the beginning to the end, how fresh and what a beautifully coherent whole.'

Pianist and orchestra are collaborators rather than rivals in this concerto – a role well-suited to soloist Sunwook Kim, renowned for the natural ease of his playing.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Laurence Equilbey conductor
Sunwook Kim piano

Repertoire

Weber: Overture, Oberon
Schumann: Piano Concerto
Interval
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 in A (Italian)

Dates & times

18 Feb 2021
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount

Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2020/21 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (13 December 2020), Gaspard’s Foxtrot (20 February 2021), Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey and Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson (25 February 2021) and Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (25 June 2021). Not available on Premium seats.

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