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Classical Music

London Philharmonic Orchestra 2023/24 Season: Family Ties

The Schumanns and the Mendelssohns
Sat 20 Jan 2024
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Musical genius is a family affair in this programme of love and friendship

Fanny Mendelssohn Overture in C Major
Clara Schumann Piano Concerto
Robert Schumann Introduction and Concert Allegro
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 (Scottish)

Natalia Ponomarchuk conductor
Alexander Melnikov piano

Sister and brother, husband and wife: for the Mendelssohns and the Schumanns, musical genius was a family affair, and when you hear their music played together it evokes a whole, wonderfully vivid world of love, friendship and imagination without limits.

The distinguished Ukrainian conductor Natalia Ponomarchuk follows Felix and Fanny from their childhood home in Berlin to the moors and mists of 19th-century Scotland, while pianist Alexander Melnikov explores the relationship between Clara and Robert Schumann – a husband and wife united in their devotion to the piano, to art and to each other