Concert 7 - Festival Finale

C. Saluste-Bridoux, J. Liebeck, B. Roskams, S. Oswell, T. Carroll, C. Miles, S. Watton, J. Bliss, Nicholas Korth, G. Eckersley
Event date
Event time
18:00 - 20:30
St John the Evangelist Music Centre
109a Iffley Road
Event type
Event cost
£23/£18 or £13/£10 (free for those 25 or younger under the Cavatina scheme)
Disabled access?
Booking required

F. Mendelssohn: String Sinfonia No. 1 in C major
L. Spohr: Nonet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass in F major, Op. 31
L. van Beethoven: String Quintet in C major, Op. 29

As usual, the finale crowds the stage with most of our Festival players. A nonet is pretty much the largest chamber grouping short of a string orchestra and we have a wonderful example from Spohr, known both for his violin virtuosity as well as his compositions. A very early work by Mendelssohn is indeed for string orchestra and, although young, he demonstrates astonishing musical talent. We conclude with a work new to the Festival, Beethoven’s only string quintet, often given the soubriquet “Storm” from its turbulent last movement. It is a transitional work between his early and middle periods and a little known and fascinating work from the great master.