Mendelssohn and Brahms at Brighton Festival
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday 14 May 2013, 7.30pm
Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Brighton Dome Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE
Hartmann Symphony No.2 'Adagio'
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Brahms Symphony No.4
James Gaffigan conductor
Veronika Eberle violin
The BBC Symphony Orchestra returns to Brighton Festival with a programme encapsulating the grace and the grandeur of the German orchestral repertory over 100 years. From Mendelssohn’s ravishingly melodic Violin Concerto (1845) to Hartmann’s jazz-hued Symphony No. 2 (1946), this concert teams two well-loved masterpieces alongside a fascinating rarity.
Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905–1963) has been called the greatest German symphonist of the 20th century. His tonal and highly imaginative music is underscored by an intense feeling for humanity; as his fellow composer Udo Zimmermann said, ‘his concept of life oriented towards humanity is inscribed in all his scores’. A staunch anti-fascist, he regarded composition as his commitment to humanity – a commitment that made him a leading figure in the post-war reconstruction of the German music scene.
The Symphony No. 2 encapsulates the gamut of musical emotions, from the lyrical to the foreboding, in one richly orchestrated movement. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto provides an exquisite contrast, with its poignancy and joie de vivre; bridging the two, the serious majesty of Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 represents the full flowering of the German symphonic tradition in all its depth and opulence.
Soloist Veronika Eberle has established a reputation as one of the most promising violin talents to emerge from Germany in recent years. The BBC Symphony Orchestra is conducted by James Gaffigan.
How to get there
- There are frequent bus services to Brighton Dome from all parts of the city. For information on local services, visit Brighton & Hove Bus Company at http://www.buses.co.uk/
- Brighton railway station is a 10-minute walk away with fast, regular services into Brighton from London (journey time just 52 minutes from Victoria or 56 minutes from London Bridge) and from along the coast. For up-to-the-minute travel information, visit Southern Railway http://www.southernrailway.com/ or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.
- Brighton Dome is situated a stone’s throw from the Royal Pavilion at the heart of Brighton's Cultural Quarter. On-street parking is very limited, but possible after 6pm and on Sundays. There are a number of car parks nearby.
- Wheelchair-accessible foyers, ticket offices, bars & auditoria. Discounts and complimentary access assistant tickets (subject to availability). Accessible toilets. Lifts. Access dogs welcome. Large print brochures on request. Sennheiser radio frequency hearing assistance. Wheelchair viewing platforms at standing concerts. Sign language interpreted performances. On-street disabled parking spaces nearby. Family-friendly with baby-change facilities.