Symphonies of Iowa for April 21 and April 22, 2013
Des Moines Symphony – Nadja Plays Mendelssohn
Joseph Giunta, music director
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
WAGNER Music from Die Meistersinger
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64.
FRANCK Symphony in d Minor
Internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra for a brilliant performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Premiered in 1845 by German violinist Ferdinand David, the Concerto features a number of innovative compositional techniques for its time, including an impressive cadenza in the middle of the first movement, and the use of three attaca movements which proceed from one to the next without pause. Selections from Wagner’s opera, Die Meistersinger, opens the concert and Franck’s dramatic Symphony in d minor brings the program to a close.
This concert was recorded Feb. 23 and 24, 2013.