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The Sea and the Land: Mendelssohn, Elgar and Dvorák | Philharmonia Orchestra

Thursday February 16, 2023 at 19:30
Royal Festival Hall, London
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  1. The Hebrides Overture Op 26 - Felix Mendelssohn
  2. Sea Pictures Op 37 - Sir Edward Elgar
  3. Symphony No 5 in F Op 76 - Antonín Dvorák

John Eliot Gardiner takes the helm for a journey from a windswept Scottish island to the sunny Czech countryside.

Two vivid evocations of the sea make up the first half of this concert. Mendelssohn’s, with its gentle waves soon building up to a squall, was inspired by his visit to the island of Staffa in 1829. Elgar’s is a ravishing setting of five poems, including one by his wife Alice, assuring us that through life’s storms ‘Love alone will last’. Alice Coote’s rich and glowing tone is perfectly suited to Elgar’s expressive writing.

In the second half, Dvorák’s Symphony No 5 conjures up a rural idyll. Lyrical woodwind melodies give the first movement a pastoral mood, paving the way for an expressive Nocturne and a joyful Allegro. The finale is darker and more dramatic – a critic at the British premiere in 1888 wrote to congratulate the composer on “a grand inspiration, written in a masterful form”.

Royal Festival Hall
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