Italy and the Art of Love - Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Mendelssohn’s beloved ‘Italian’ Symphony.

Catch the new wave of Historically Informed Performance musicians as they bring a revitalised spirit and energy to Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s masterpieces, conducted by our brilliant Principal Guest Conductor Benjamin Bayl.

From the opening riveting chords of the Coriolan Overture to the playful Contredanses and the sublime Romance for violin, performed by concertmaster Rachael Beesley, Beethoven will have you swooning in your seats and dancing for joy in the aisles. After the interval we highlight the gorgeous sound of a full string orchestra playing on pure gut strings, where you’ll fall in love with Wolf’s Italian Serenade for Strings and be thrilled by Mendelssohn’s passion for Italy in his most lively symphony.


Friday 24 March 2017
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Melbourne Recital Centre

Pre-concert talk with Richard Gill AO



Saturday 25 March 2017
City Recital Hall
Angel Place

Pre-concert talk with Richard Gill AO



Benjamin Bayl
Principal Guest Conductor

Rachael Beesley
Director & Violin



Ludwig van Beethoven  (1770-1827)
Coriolan Overture in C minor Op.62 (1807)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major Op. 50 (1798)

Ludwig van Beethoven
12 Contredanses for Orchestra WoO14 (1792-1802)

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Italian Serenade in G major for Strings (1887, strings version 1892)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
‘Italian’ Symphony in A major Op.90 (1833)