London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Shakespeare 400

16 February 2016 / 19:30

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner will lead the LSO and his Monteverdi Choir in the first of a trio of concerts marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and exploring some of the greatest music inspired by his writing.

The evening begins  with the youthful exuberance of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 1, composed in 1824 when Mendelssohn was just 15 years old. Two years later, Mendelssohn, who adored Shakespeare’s writings, composed his concert overture based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The overture was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece and, many years later, he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse by the King of Prussia to provide a score for an entire production in 1843.

Programme & Performers

Mendelssohn Symphony No 1 (London version)
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
Ceri-Lyn Cissone
Frankie Wakefield Oberon
Alexander Knox Puck
Jessica Cale 1st fairy
Sarah Denbee 2nd fairy
Charlotte Ashley 3rd fairy
Rebecca Hardwick 4th fairy
Monteverdi Choir
London Symphony Orchestra

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London Symphony Orchestra 2015-16

Recorded for broadcast on Mezzo


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