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Mendelssohn and friends

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
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Thursday 18 February 202119:30

“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 his Fourth Symphony, full of southern warmth and exuberance. Weber’s opera Oberon (another influence on the young Mendelssohn) premiered at Covent Garden in 1826, and it was a triumph. The overture begins with the mysterious call of a distant, magical horn.

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.”

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