Anthony Marwood direction and violin
Alexander Melnikov piano
- Thorvalsdottir • Illumine (Dutch première)
- Mendelssohn • Concerto for Violin and Piano
- Enescu • String Octet opus 7 (string orchestra version)
Felix Mendelssohn was a child prodigy. He was just 14 when he wrote the concerto for violin and piano for a house concert, performing the piano part himself. Only two years later he composed his celebrated string octet, while the double concerto lay forgotten in a bureau drawer for many years. More than a century after Mendelssohn’s death it re-emerged; a delightfully sparkling work that is not frequently performed. The violinist Anthony Marwood and master pianist Alexander Melnikov, both familiar guest artists with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, are keen to champion this fine youthful work. After the interval Anthony Marwood leads the ensemble in the octet opus 7 by the Romanian composer George Enescu, who was also a child prodigy.