Nottingham Classics - City of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraShow dates: Fri 28th June Running time: 115 minutes
Andris Nelsons conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano
Mihoko Fujimura alto
Ben Johnson tenor
Iain Paterson bass
The matchless combination of Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra provides our final concert of this season beginning with Mendelssohn's sun-drenched 'Italian' Symphony. A ten month tour of Italy in 1830 left him with an overwhelming impression of the 'land of nature, delighting every heart,' and inspired him to write his most effervescent symphony three years later.
One of the most moving stories of Beethoven is that one of the soloists at the premiere of his 9th Symphony in 1824 had to turn the deaf composer around so that he could witness the tumultuous applause. The choral finale, which proclaims the words of Schiller's Ode to Joy, is one of the most ecstatic moments in musical history.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium:
Neil Bennison previews the 2013-2014 season.