Part of TH1 Classical Thursdays 1 2013
About This Performance
“Grand tours” were common rites of passage for wealthy young men in the Romantic era, and Felix Mendelssohn, the son of a prominent financier, was well travelled. His Hebrides Overture and “Scottish” Symphony were inspired by his first visit to Great Britain – belatedly, in the case of the Symphony, which was not completed until 13 years later, although he said that its opening theme came into his mind during a tour of the ruined Holyrood Chapel in Edinburgh.
Lovely, haunting, tuneful, dancing evocations of the rising hills and sunken caves of Scotland.
Exuberant young violinist Ray Chen performs the evergreen Concerto that Mendelssohn wrote for Ferdinand David, his concertmaster at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
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