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London Chamber Orchestra

Repertoire

Cherubini
Overture to Médée
Beethoven
Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 4 (Italian)

Performers

Benjamin Beilman
violin
Riccardo Minasi
conductor

Cherubini and Napoleon crossed paths in Vienna in 1805: the composer had gone there on a visit (meeting Beethoven, who was a great admirer), whereas Napoleon occupied it. In the Overture to Médée Cherubini vividly sets the scene for the tragic and bloody tale of Medea.

Beethoven wrote his sole Violin Concerto the following year. Initially met with incomprehension, it was revived after Beethoven’s death by a certain Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn described his Italian Symphony as ‘the jolliest piece I have ever done’ – not a bad summation for a work that seems to have absorbed the light and energy of a country that bewitched the composer.

Making their LCO debut are the gifted American violinist Benjamin Beilman, who was last year a recipient of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni trust fellowship, and the Italian Riccardo Minasi – himself an accomplished violinist as well as a specialist in period performance.

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