Mendelssohn, Haydn and Bartók
Berwaldhallen’s orchestra leader, Tomo Keller, and the Sweedish Radio Symphony Orchestras’ string musicians welcome you to an evening with music for strings from three centuries. Keller himself offers a brilliant solo performance in Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major.
Felix Mendelssohn began studying the piano and music theory as a child, and started composing as well. He wrote String Symphony No. 10 in B minor in his early teens! The father of the string quartet, Joseph Haydn, wrote his Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major in the 1760s while a full-time conductor and court composer, and we can actually sense the life at court in the dance-friendly and courteous music. Divertimento for Strings was written in 1939, commissioned by Bartók’s patron Paul Sacher, over the course of two intensive weeks, and is an entertaining and hot-headed piece.