Like many wealthy young Europeans of his day, Mendelssohn travelled widely and found musical inspirationon many of his journeys (think of that expressive musical picture, The Hebrides). One country brought him particular pleasure: “This is Italy! And now has begun what I have always thought… to be the supreme joy in life.” Inspired by his sojourn there, the Italian Symphony is sunshine and Chianti in music. Mendelssohn is one of the most frequently performed classical composers of them all, whereas Gideon Klein’s work had to wait decades to be discovered.
KLEIN Partita for Strings
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade in C major for Strings, op. 48
MENDELSSOHN Symphony no. 4 Italian
Gregory Ahss violin
Duration: approx. 1.5 hours (including interval)