Schubert / Rosamunde (excerpts)
Mendelssohn / Violin concerto
Schubert / Ouverture in italian style
Schubert / Symphony no. 3
The Beloved Violin Concerto
Simone Lamsma, an award-winning Dutch violinist, will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto while Lawrence Foster and Copenhagen Phil continue their mutual discovery of Schubert’s repertoire as they record (all the) Schubert’s early symphonies, performing in particular the Rosamunde Overture, Overture in the Italian Style, D major, and Symphony Nr. 3 this evening.
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is one of the most beloved pieces in the violin repertoire. Most professional violinists have had it under their fingertips during their formative years and it has been heralded as the ‘perfect concerto’. Simone Lamsma visited the orchestra last in 2011 with Bernstein’s Serenade and will now have the pleasure to play one of the most well-known violin concertos when she performs the Mendelssohn.
Schubert Symphony Nr. 3 was composed in 1815 when Schubert was 18 years old. He finished it in under one month, which was not an uncommon pace for Schubert. It is notably shorter than his first two symphonies, at only 25 min long.
The Rosamunde Overture was composed when Schubert was persuaded to provide music to a theater piece that didn’t survive past its second performance. The music did, however. You may recognize it as the ballet scene music for the 1952 film ‘Hans Christian Andersen’ starring Danny Kaye.