Tuesday 20th June, St Martin in the Fields, London at 7.30pm
Rameau Dances from Les Boréades
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Mike Seal, conductor
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, violin
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Jean-Philippe Rameau is one of the orchestral world’s neglected masters. Although he is acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of French baroque music, modern symphony orchestras today rarely play his music. So, we are really pleased to play for you this evening some instrumental selections from Les Boréades (The Descendants of Boreas) an opera in five acts by this composer.
Mendelsohn’s violin concerto needs little introduction. The concerto turned out to be Mendelssohn’s last orchestral work and a powerhouse finale to a career burdened by the promise of spectacular early accomplishment.
The concert concludes with Beethoven’s Second Symphony. Written mostly during his stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, it was a time when his deafness was becoming more apparent and he began to realise that it might be incurable. Paradoxically, “this Symphony is smiling throughout” (as Hector Berlioz remarked).