Preview: Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

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Starring: Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra, Adam Szmidt, Gilah Kellner

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Adam Szmidt
Soloist: Gilah Kellner


Don Giovanni, Overture, K. 527

Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Soloist: Gilah Kellner

The overture to Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, sets the scene for the whole opera. The ominous and foreboding opening to the overture sets the scene for the contrasting moods of serious drama and comedy. The slow introduction soon turns into a lively allegro section. The dichotomy between these two sections packs a punch and heightens the intensity even more within the music.

Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, is his last concerto. Well received at its premiere, it has remained among the most prominent and highly-regarded violin concertos. It holds a central place in the violin repertoire and has developed a reputation as an essential concerto for all aspiring concert violinists to master, and usually one of the first Romantic era concertos they learn. A typical performance lasts just under half an hour.

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