Music of a decidedly Mediterranean hue is the theme for this afternoon’s concert. Jessica Cottis and the BBC Concert Orchestra have chosen music full of the brio and sunshine associated with Italian classics.
But there is a twist. Rossini’s Italian Girl in Algiers makes no secret of its non-Italian setting and William Tell is the tale of a Swiss marksman. Mendelssohn created his Italian Symphony (“…the most cheerful thing I
have composed so far”) as a German tourist, yet for many it is the orchestral portrayal of Italy without rival.
Nino Rota is famously associated with The Godfather and films of Fellini, so this playful and elegant Bassoon Concerto provides a rare opportunity to hear his concert music. Beethoven (who Rossini visited) wrote his Romance in F at a time when he was coming to terms with his deafness. It is a work of tender lyricism and gives our concert a moment of quiet beauty before the gusto of Mendelssohn’s joyous masterpiece.
PRE-CONCERT TALK: 3.00PM
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