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Northern Sinfonia - Ives, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky

Thomas Zehetmair leads the Northern Sinfonia in a concert at The Sage Gateshead. Ives: The Unanswered Question. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2.

Presented by Ian Skelly

The Northern Sinfonia and its Music Director Thomas Zehetmair perform classics from the 19th and early 20th century. The programme opens with the miniature by Charles Ives which he called a 'cosmic drama', and this is followed by one of the most popular violin concertos of all time, with Zehetmair himself stepping into his other role as distinguished soloist. Zehetmair has been programming Tchaikovsky symphonic works with the orchestra recently, and tonight they finish with his 2nd symphony, nicknamed the 'Little Russian'. It draws on Ukrainian folk melodies, as well as showing deference to Tchaikovsky's contemporaries, including Rimsky-Korsakov.

Ives: The Unanswered Question
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no.2 'Little Russian'

Northern Sinfonia
Thomas Zehetmair (conductor/violin)

Followed by 100 Years of German Song - from a concert from Wigmore Hall London, launching their Lieder series which explores German song by the decade. Including:

Schubert: An den Mond (D.193); An den Mond (D.259); Nachtstuck

Michael Schade (tenor)
Malcolm Martineau (piano).

2 hours, 15 minutes