Mendelssohn’s C minor symphony, his first scored for full orchestra after a series of works for strings, is packed with originality, astonishing for a fifteen-year-old composer.
The piano concerto shows many of his strengths, as a dramatic first movement gives way to a lyrical and tender slow section. The finale is a tour de force of elegant, fleet-fingered virtuosity.
The irresistibly exuberant Italian Symphony captures in four movements his impressions of the country. The slow movement is a pilgrim’s march, and the gently flowing scherzo is followed by an exhilarating Neapolitan dance as a finale.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is Anvil Arts’ Orchestra in Association.