Live stream: Elim Chan conducts Mendelssohn
Elim Chan – conductor
Sergey Khachatryan – violin
JESSIE MONTGOMERY Strum
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, Italian
Mendelssohn spent ten months travelling through Italy in his early twenties. The sunshine, the landscape, the cities and the people delighted him, and luckily for us he distilled all that youthful delight into his Italian Symphony. The music he once described as “blue sky in A major” evokes some of the scenes that made such an impression on him – bright expanses of countryside, dignified religious processions, and hurtling peasant dances.
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is another perennial favourite, and an essential summit on the path of any professional violinist. Our soloist, Sergey Khachatryan, has appeared with the Philharmonia for many years. Most recently he was praised for “a quite superb performance… honest and intense playing, with genuine feeling” (Bachtrack).
To open, Elim Chan has chosen an exuberant work for strings by New York composer Jessie Montgomery – “a handful of American folk melodies tossed into a strong wind, cascading and tumbling joyfully around one another” (Washington Post).
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