The Italian Symphony
Stravinsky Concerto in E flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
J S Bach Concerto for violin & oboe, BWV 1060
Respighi Gli ucccelli (The Birds)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A, op. 90, Italian
Frank Zielhorst conductor
Benedict Holland violin, Maddy Aldis-Evans oboe
Be enchanted by the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra, the Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva, as they offer up a balanced programme of virtuoso musicality.
A journey of tantalising highs, the programme starts with Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, an ode to the spirit of Bach with its nods to the Baroque style realised in modern harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic idioms. The programme then glides into Bach’s gracious and spirited Concerto for violin and oboe, featuring both soloists in an expansive duet, weaving crisscross solo lines that echo phrases back and forth like musical questions and answers. The piece’s nonstop finale is brisk and exhilarating, matching Respighi’s sparkling instrumental colour and swift contrasts of volume and tempo in Gli Uccelli (The Birds).
Mendelssohn’s classic Symphony No. 4 lights the musical fireworks as a spectacular climax to the concert. Known as the ‘Italian’, it is an instantly recognisable all-time favourite for many and an extravagant, memorable finale.