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February 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St
Marylebone, London W1U 2BP
Scottish Ensemble
0207 935 2141

Mendelssohn      Sinfonia No. 6 in E flat major, MWV N6
Arvo Pärt             Silouan’s Song
Hartmann            Concerto Funebre
Mendelssohn      Sinfonia No. 10 in B minor, MWV N10
Peteris Vasks     Viatore
Bach                      Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042


Mendelssohn’s music was notoriously banned in 1936 by a Nazi regime which labelled the Jewish composer “a dangerous accident of musical history”. Hartmann’s Concerto Funebre, dashed off in the autumn of 1939, represents the contrasting hope and hopelessness of a country plunged into war.

Arvo Pärt and Pēteris Vasks use their music as a vehicle for spiritual questioning, to transcendent effect, and Bach’s ebullient E major concerto is a testament to the pure, uplifting joy of melody and harmony.

Together with world-renowned Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova, join us for an exploration of the political, spiritual and emotional power of music.