Fanny HENSEL-MENDELSSOHN – Overture in C major
Camille SAINT-SAENS – Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
Felix MENDELSSOHN – Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, “Scottish”
Our June concert simply brims over with hummable tunes and youthful energy. It combines works by the Mendelssohn siblings, Fanny and Felix, and the first cello concerto by Saint-Saëns, played by Jack Theakston.
Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn and her younger brother Felix shared a close musical bond – to the extent that Felix passed off some of Fanny’s songs as his own when he played them to Queen Victoria. At Fanny’s regular “salons” in Berlin she not only played but also conducted large-scale works (which would have been improper on a public stage for an upper-class woman of the time), and she herself wrote several pieces for voices and orchestra for these occasions. Fanny’s Overture in C, dating from 1830 when she was 25, is her only purely orchestral work. It combines melodious charm with a fiery energy, especially towards the end.
Like both the Mendelssohns, Camille Saint-Saëns was a youthful prodigy. This cello concerto sizzles with energy from the outset, with an impassioned opening section, a minuet full of sweetness, and a short elegiac interlude, before a return to virtuosity and excitement.
Contrasting with Fanny’s early work, the second half of our concert presents the most mature of Felix Mendelssohn’s symphonies, the “Scottish”. The brooding introduction leads into a stormy development in the first movement. This contrasts with the light fairy music of the second movement, and the long, sentimental melody of the slow third movement. The finale opens in a war-like mood, and is rounded off by a hymn-like Germanic coda.
You can use your NSW ‘Discover’ vouchers for this concert! Go to our ticketing site, select the ‘Discover’ option and you’ll pay just $5 + booking fee.
Congress Hall140 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
(very close to car parks and public transport)