Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
Mendelssohn (arr. Widmann) Andante from Clarinet Sonata in Eb Major
Mozart Piano Concerto No.15 in Bb Major, K450
Mendelssohn Symphony No.1 in C Minor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano
Jörg Widmann conductor/clarinet
“Bavouzet’s playing has precision, finesse and fiery elegance” The Guardian
The kaleidoscopic artist: the composer, performer, and conductor. Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Jörg Widmann all encompass these multiple roles with brilliance and flair. In this concert, Aurora showcases these musical extraordinaires from the 18th century to the present day with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
With his signature poise and dynamism, Bavouzet illuminates Mozart’s musical genius in the virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 15, a demanding work radiating with spirit and character.
Praised by some as a 21st-century Mozart, Jörg Widmann is one of the most recognised writer-virtuoso-conductors of our time. Here he not only conducts Aurora Orchestra, but also performs his own work Fantasie for solo clarinet, a wildly inventive tour de force that exploits the full range and capabilities of the instrument. The heart of the programme are three works by Mendelssohn: the stormy Hebrides Overture, inspired by the composer’s travels to the Scottish islands; the heartfelt Andante from the Clarinet Sonata (heard here in Widmann’s own orchestral arrangement); and the fiery first symphony, written by the composer at the startling young age of just 15.
Preceded by a pre-concert talk with Jörg Widmann and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in conversation with John Harte, Aurora’s Chief Executive. Followed by The Lock-In: Beethoven and the Dinosaurs, which features Aurora’s Far Far Away concert specially adapted for adults.
Part of Mozart’s Piano
Mozart’s Piano is generously supported by:
The Parabola Foundation (principal supporter)
An Anonymous Donor
Nicholas Snowman & Wartski
Aurora Orchestra’s Concerto Patrons & Friends