Leeds Town Hall
Concert begins at 7.30pm
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Daniele Rustioni - conductor
Roman Simovic - violin
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto Listen
Respighi – Fountains of Rome Listen
Mendelssohn – Symphony No 4 (Italian) Listen
Written in just one month, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto was rejected by the person for whom it was written, Leopold Auer, due to its complexity. Tchaikovsky wrote the piece whilst visiting Lake Geneva and recovering from a bout of depression following his failed marriage. It is thought that he wanted to dedicate the work to his pupil Losif Kotek, but he did not want to cause speculation about their relationship.
Respighi was one of Italy’s greatest orchestral composers, best known for his trilogy of cinematic pieces portraying Italy’s capital city. Fountains of Rome
, the first in the trilogy, paints pictures of Rome’s fountains at different times of day.
Mendelssohn wrote his Italian symphony from 1929–31 whilst on a tour of Europe. In a letter to his sister he wrote: “The Italian symphony is making great progress. It will be the jolliest piece I have ever done, especially the last movement. I have not found anything for the slow movement yet, and I think that I will save that for Naples”.
Indeed, the second movement, opening with a chorale-like tune on the violin, was inspired by Naples, where he saw a church procession.
'The Italian symphony is making great progress. It will be the jolliest piece I have ever done.' Mendelssohn
Pre-concert talk 6.45pm
Peter Whitfield discusses the evening’s works.
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