Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland
Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland
Alexander Kobrin, piano (Russia)
Alexander White, trumpet
Zvonimir Hačko, conductor
Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84a
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major "Italian"
Mendelssohn visited Italy in October of 1830 and traveled around the country for some ten months -- starting in Venice and going south to Rome. He recorded his impressions in a series of watercolors and in his symphony in A Major. The latter is an extraordinary symphonic work that conveys a series of impressions of Italy rather than depicting particular scenes..
Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto is really a double concerto for piano and trumpet and orchestra. Dark, percussive, virtuosic, and brooding, the work stands in stark contrast to Mendelssohn's sunny symphony.