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5877751Liverpool Mozart Orchestra: "The Grand Tour"
DateSaturday 19th October 2019
DescriptionMozart - Horn Concerto No.2 Mozart - Symphony No.36 "Linz" Franz Strauss - Horn Concerto Mendelssohn - Symphony No.4 "Italian" Conductor/Horn: Alec Frank-Gemmill LMO's 2019/20 season begins with a pair of horn concertos and a pair of symphonies. The orchestra is delighted to welcome international horn virtuoso Alec Frank-Gemmill as soloist/conductor for his debut with them. The concert begins with the second of Mozart's four concertos for horn, followed by the thirty-sixth of his forty-one symphonies. The symphony was written during a stopover in the Austrian town of Linz on his and his wife's way back home to Vienna from Salzburg. Upon hearing of Mozart's arrival in Linz the local Count announced a concert at short notice, so Mozart dashed this symphony off in just four days! The second concerto is that of Franz Strauss, father of the more famous Richard. Strauss, who was the principal horn of the Bavarian Court opera until 1889, had a strong preference for the traditional classical forms, which comes across in the music. He had a mutual dislike of Richard Wagner but even Wagner, who was never short of a terse remark, said, "Strauss is a detestable fellow but when he blows his horn one cannot sulk with him." The final work is Mendelssohn's fourth and most popular symphony known as the "Italian". The opening movement is an absolute joy, and even the fourth movement, which unusually is in the minor key despite the symphony being in the major, does not dampen the spirits as it incorporates dance figures from the Roman saltarello and the Neapolitan tarantella. It brings the concert to a lively conclusion.
Time(s)Oct 19, 7.30pm
LocationLiverpool Hope University - Creative Campus
Telephone No. 03336664466
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Liverpool Hope University - Creative Campus
AddressShaw Street
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Telephone No.+44 (0)151 291 3000
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