The Hallé celebrate the RPS Bicentenary with a programme that features two works commissioned by the RPS: Mendelssohn’s radiant ‘Italian’ Symphony and Saint-Saëns triumphant ‘Organ’ Symphony.
This concert begins with one of the four overtures Beethoven composed for his only opera Fidelio. The work contains quotations from the opera itself and powerfully conveys in microcosm its overall progression from darkness to light. And the light of Mendelssohn’s famous ‘Italian’ Symphony is most certainly a warm sunny glow. No wonder the composer told his sister that it was ‘the happiest piece I have yet composed.’ Bursting with energy and optimism, it culminates with a frenzied saltarello. Saint-Saëns’s ‘Organ’ Symphony is one of the grandest orchestral works ever written but is also one with fascinating textures and memorable tunes. Jonathan Scott takes charge of The Bridgewater Hall’s awe-inspiring organ.
Beethoven: Overture Leonore No. 3
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Italian
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, Organ
Jonathan Scott - organ
Rory Macdonald - conductor