Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
Fresh from their European tour, which began in Istanbul twelve days ago, Janine Jansen and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields perform a programme including Mozart's 'Turkish' Violin Concerto and Bartok's Divertimento for String Orchestra.
Mozart: Symphony no.1 in E flat major, K16
Mozart: Violin Concerto no.5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Janine Jansen (director and violin)
Janine Jansen was a Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2002-04, since when she has played concertos with major symphony orchestras around the world. She was born in the Netherlands, and she started playing the violin when she was six - which is just two years younger than the age when Mozart wrote his First Symphony, which starts the programme tonight. Mozart's violin concertos all date from the 1770s, when Mozart was in his teens and early twenties, and his Fifth Violin Concerto ends with a movement including some of the extravagant gestures heard in his Turkish Rondo, so giving this concerto its nickname. Bartok's Divertimento was written in 1939 under the shadow of the impending Second World War, and first performed in Switzerland in 1940, shortly before Bartok fled Europe. However, it's music for entertainment, an echo of the divertimenti of Mozart's time.