NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester / Janine Jansen / Thomas Hengelbrock
Mendelssohn Bartholdy / Strawinsky / Bruch
Together with their principal conductor, Thomas Hengelbrock, the NDR Symphony Orchestra presents a programme filled with engaging Italian melodies. Dutch violinist Janine Jansen performs one of her favourite pieces, Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1.
Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, Pulcinella, is a perfect example of neo-baroque. The composer took old, 18th century Italian tunes and added modern harmonies and transverse rhythms to give them a twentieth century touch. The result is a brilliantly vibrant and light-hearted score.
Classical clarity and ease as well as southern "joie de vivre" are characteristic of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Symphony No. 4, the so-called "Italian Symphony". It is the artistic result of the composer's journey to the land in which "the lemons bloom". Landscape, temperament, and dances - for example the Neapolitan "Saltarello" - and Italy's songs inspired the composer's "carefree piece". "The Italian Symphony will be the most joyful piece I have ever written...," Mendelssohn noted.
Janine Jansen gives the concert the final touch with a milestone of German Romanticism: Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 in g minor was selected by Jansen for one of her earliest CD recordings.
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
Janine Jansen violin
conductor Thomas Hengelbrock
Suite aus dem Ballett »Pulcinella«
Konzert für Violine und Orchester g-Moll op. 26
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Sinfonie Nr. 4 A-Dur op. 90 »Italienische«