A suitcase full of beautiful melodies

Delicate, translucent, light, joyful - music by Mendelssohn and Mozart. © Charles Thibo
Delicate, translucent, light, joyful – music by Mendelssohn and Mozart. © Charles Thibo

The Hungarian conductor and pianist András Schiff came to town and he came with a suitcase full of beautiful melodies: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 and his Piano Concerto No. 20 flanking Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 9 “La Suisse” and his Piano Concerto No. 2. What a delightful experience! The concert at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg yesterday evening could have lasted until late into the night, and I would not have left. Schiff and his Cappella Andrea Barca hopped from bar to bar like happy frogs from lily pad to lily pad. Their joy to play was obvious, their devotion to the two composers total. And guess who else was there last night? One of the violas was played by Annette Isserlis, the elder sister of the British cellist Steven Isserlis. Ha!

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