An Italian conductor debuts with Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Farrenc.
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- From a livestream 31 March 2021.
- The video is approximately one hour and 20 minutes.
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When some of the most prominent musicians of the day explained to Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s father that his son was a musical genius, no expense was spared to further his artistic education. Among other things, he was sent on a trip to “find himself as a person and an artist.” The journey resulted in several works that convey his impressions of the people and surroundings he encountered.
One of his first stops was in Scotland. After a visit to Holyrood Palace, where Mary Stuart once lived, he wrote home: “Grass and ivy thrive there, and at the broken altar where Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland. Everything is ruined, decayed, and the clear heavens shine in. I think I have found there at the beginning of my ‘Scottish’ Symphony.”
Louise Farrenc was a great admirer of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, as we can hear in her melodically beautiful, yet sincerely passionate First Symphony. She was a prominent name onthe nineteenth-century French music scene. She was a composer and also a brilliant concert pianist, as well as a professor for thirty years at the historic conservatory in Paris, where she had previously studied under piano virtuoso Ignaz Moscheles, who also taught Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
Italian conductor Antonello Manacorda is the Artistic Director of Kammerakademie Potsdam since 2010, noted for a series of award-winning recordings. He studied conducting with Jorma Panula, and worked alongside Claudio Abbado for many years. This concert marks his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Louise Farrenc Symphony No. 1
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Symphony No. 3 "Scottish"
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Antonello Manacorda conductor
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