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To mark the start of Classic FM’s Arts and Kids Week, in association with The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, tonight’s Concert is dedicated to child prodigies.
Mozart was the true example of a child prodigy: the young composer could pick out tunes on the piano at the age of three, and began composing by age four. By the time he was 12, he had clocked up 10 symphonies and performed for royalty. Jane presents his Flute Concerto in G major this evening.
Mendelssohn was also a frighteningly clever child, excelling as a painter, poet, athlete, linguist and musician. We'll hear his first symphony tonight.
Camille Saint-Saens: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Opus 28
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1
Neeme Jarvi conducts the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Concerto in G major K.313
Flute: Bernhard Krabatsch
Ivor Bolton conducts the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.1 in C minor Opus 11
Kurt Masur conducts the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat major
Piano: Claudio Arrau
Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra