Donald Macleod focuses on the effects of 'Mendelssohn mania' in the UK, as the composer created a huge impact in the 1830s. He also explores RPS commissions by JB Cramer and Bartok.
In the 1830s, "Mendelssohn mania" was thrilling these shores as the music of Felix Mendelssohn made a huge impact on London audiences. Donald Macleod is joined by cultural historian, Leanne Langley to explore two key works commissioned by the Philharmonic Society - Mendelssohn's Symphony no.4, the "Italian", and the much less well-known concert aria "Infelice". He also presents a complete performance of a Piano Quintet by one of the Society's most ardent supporters, the now long-forgotten Johann Baptist Cramer. We end with an RPS commission from the mid-20th century: Bartok's Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra, an adaptation of the composer's earlier Sonata for the same combination.