Jörg & Carolin Widmann (Canceled)

Jörg & Carolin Widmann (Canceled)


2020-12-10 Thu 19:30National Concert Hall400 700 1000 1200 1500
Jörg Widmann, conductor
Carolin Widmann, violin

Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture, Op.26
Jörg Widmann: Violin Concerto No.2
Robert Schumann: Symphony No.2 in C major, Op.61

Mendelssohn and Schumann make a perfect pair on a symphony program. They were both Germans, were born just a year apart, spent a good part of their lives in Leipzig, and greatly admired each other. From Mendelssohn we hear his portrait in sound of a visit to the Hebrides, a group of over one hundred rugged, picturesque islands off the coast of Scotland where Gaelic is widely spoken and the people still live much as they have for hundreds of years. The island of Staffa left the deepest impression on young Mendelssohn, for here was located the spectacular cavern named after the folk hero Fingal (hence the work’s alternate title of Fingal’s Cave). Mendelssohn conducted the first performance of Schumann’s Second Symphony in Leipzig, music full of burning intensity, emotional turbulence, and soaring melodies. Jörg Widmann, another German, comes to Taipei wearing two hats: as conductor of the program and as composer of a violin concerto he wrote for his sister, who is the soloist at this concert.