Handel, Haydn & Mendelssohn
May 20 – 22, 2021
NICHOLAS MCGEGAN conducts
BRADLEY HUNTER WELCH organ
HAYDN Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major â€śDrum Rollâ€ť
HANDEL Organ Concerto â€śThe Cuckoo and the Nightingaleâ€ť
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major â€śItalianâ€ť
An All-German composer line-up featuring works with inventive nicknames, begins with Haydnâ€™s penultimate symphony, No. 103, which demands full attention from the opening timpani drumroll and a sublime slow movement that elicited an immediate encore at its premiere in London.
Marvel at the sound of the 4,535-pipe Lay Family Concert Organ in Handelâ€™s witty â€śCuckoo and the Nightingaleâ€ť Concerto, in which the organâ€™s wind stops seem to twitter like a cuckoo and warble like a nightingale.
Inspired by the art, landscape and vitality of Italy and the people Mendelssohn met during his trip, his last Fourth Symphony is brimming with rhythmic energy and counterpoint, and is a major workout for the orchestra.
â€śThe whole country had such a festive air that I felt as if I were a young prince making his entry. I have once more begun to compose with fresh vigor, and the Italian symphony makes rapid progress; it will be the happiest piece I have ever written, especially the last movement.â€ťFelix Mendelssohn
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