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A forgotton Romantic piano concerto is the climax of our Concert tonight.
Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was immortalised by the on-screen antics of one Mickey Mouse replete with pointed wizard's hat. The original musical work was a huge hit for Dukas which surprised the composer as he intended it as a satirical piece and quite a diversion from his usually more serious works. The brilliantly descriptive music vividly describes Goethe's story of an apprentice magician who tries out some spells during his master’s absence with disastrous results.
Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764) was an Italian Baroque composer and violinist. He began studying in Rome in 1711, perhaps under Arcangelo Corelli, and played music in many Roman noble houses. Also while in Rome, Locatelli debuted as a composer. In 1721 his XII Concerti grossi was published in Amsterdam. Tonight we hear his Concerto Grosso in E flat major Opus 7 No.6.
Mendelssohn was so inspired by his travels in the Scottish islands that he sent a postcard to his family with the opening phrase of a new overture written on it. In a note to his sister, Fanny he said: 'In order to make you understand how extraordinarily The Hebrides affected me, I send you the following, which came into my head there.' We hear Philippe Herreweghe conducting the Orchestra of the Champs Elysees in Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture.
Norwegian Tine Thing Helseth started to play trumpet when she was seven. In 2011, she signed a contract with EMI Classics. She has performed with orchestras including the Wiener Symphoniker, Liverpool Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed three times in the USA. Tonight we hear her playing Neruda's Trumpet Concerto in E flat major.
Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927) was considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time. He made his reputation with his Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, which was heavily influenced by Brahms. Stenhammar performed the concerto himself, and it was a great success in Europe and the USA. He even performed it with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Richard Strauss. However, he eventually grew tired of it and it was forgotten until its recent rediscovery.
Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Leonard Slatkin conducts the National Orchestra of France
Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Concerto Grosso in E flat major Opus 7 No.6
Giovanni Antonini conducts Il Giardino Armonico
Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave) Opus 26
Philippe Herreweghe conducts the Orchestra of the Champs Elysees
Johann Baptist Georg Neruda: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
Tine Thing Helseth directs the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra from the trumpet
Wilhelm Stenhammar: Piano Concerto No.1 in Bb major Opus 1
Piano: Seta Tanyel
Andrew Manze conducts the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra