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English Symphony Orchestra and Chloë Hanslip - Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schumann

Thursday February 15, 2018 at 19:45
Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres, Malvern
£15 - £30
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  1. Hebrides Overture, 'Fingal's Cave' Op 26 - Felix Mendelssohn
  2. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Op 77 - Johannes Brahms
  3. Symphony No 3 in E flat, 'Rhenish' Op 97 - Robert Schumann

The English Symphony Orchestra, hailed as the International Orchestra of Elgar Country, return to their historic home in Malvern Theatres for an evening of music by Brahms, Schumann and Mendelssohn featuring one of Britain’s most popular and admired violinists, Chloë Hanslip. (Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm)

Chloë Hanslip (b 1987) has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage. Prodigiously talented, she made her BBC Proms debut in 2002 and her US concerto debut in 2003, and has performed at major venues in the UK (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Paris Louvre and Salle Gaveau, St Petersburg Hermitage) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre. She has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, and Jeffrey Tate. For her ESO debut, Ms. Hanslip has chosen to play the Violin Concerto in D major by Brahms, one of the ultimate tests for any violinist.

“Chloë is one of the most important artists of her generation,” says ESO Artistic Director, Kenneth Woods, who will conducting the programme. “She has a technical gift on the instrument that would be the envy of almost any other violinist, but what really sets her apart is her way of communicating and connecting with everyone, both her fellow musicians and the audiences. She’s an inspiration to everyone on stage, and her enthusiasm and passion for what she does always comes across to the audience.”

Woods has chosen to build a programme around the Brahms that highlights a true-life story of musical friendships and collaborations. Brahms wrote his Violin Concerto for the great violinist Joseph Joachim, who was responsible for introducing Brahms to the older composer, Robert Schumann. It was Schumann who first recognised Brahms’s genius and was responsible for Brahms’s early fame. The concert includes a performance of Schumann’s much-loved “Rhenish” Symphony, a work that comes from the happy times when Brahms, Joachim and Schumann all shared a lively friendship and worked together on many musical projects. The concert opens with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. Mendelssohn was an important early supporter of Schumann’s music and conducted the first performances of several of Schumann’s orchestral works.

“The intersection of Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms, Joachim and Mendelssohn is a beautiful moment in the history of 19th Century music,” says Woods. “Somehow, all these geniuses managed to find each other and find a way to support each other and together, they shaped the musical world we know today.”

The current 2017-8 concert season has seen the ESO progressing from strength to strength. Year-end accolades in 2017 included Gramophone Critics’ Choice best of 2017, two Recording of the Year awards from MusicWeb International and Forbes Magazine’s 10 Best Classical CDs of 2017. The ESO remain one of the regions’ leading cultural exports, and their recordings are regularly heard on radio broadcasts across North America, Asia and Australia.

‘Hanslip has remarkable depth. And she has the technique to support every musical expression. As impressive as her handling of such technical issues was, it was her ability to ‘sing’ out the long melodic lines that was most memorable. The fast final movement exploded with energy” Virginia Review

“In the 'Rhenish’, Woods holds his own against such wonders as Sawallisch, Celibidache, Giulini and immediately becomes a favourite for this delectable work.” – ClassicalSource

Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres
Grange Road
WR14 3HB
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