conducted by:


  • Felix Mendelssohn: String Octet, Op.20 – featuring: Péter Mező, Gabriella Devecsai, Krisztina Garger Dókáné, Krisztina Nagy (violin);  Mariann Svékus-Nemes, Nóra Szegedi (viola); Villő Oláh Bársonyné, Ildikó Horváth (cello)
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony in A minor “Scottish”

After a journey to Paris with his father and a visit to the house of Goethe, the 16-year old Felix Mendelssohn composed his next piece as a double string quartet. This piece was fairly laconically remarked by his beloved master Carl Friedrich Zelter: “it has arms and it has legs”. This composition, however, is much more than maiden efforts of a young blood. In the Octet, he experimented a quite original new sound that characterized his next decades, most distinctively in the scherzo. This movement renders Walpurgis Night dream from Goethe’s Faust into pure music, and this sound would evolve in its entire grandeur in the overture of Midsummer Night’s Dream. “He once told to me only what was in his mind – Fanny recalled. ‘Man takes to air with ease and feels as close to the land of spirits as never before’.” This is the time when the mysterious fairy-witch sound of the Romanticism is born. Moreover another dusky and mystic sound inspired by a wild romantic landscape is assuming a shape, and that would lead him to the basic tone of the Scottish Symphony.

The central topic of our new author series of Danubia Orchestra Óbuda is the Mendelssohn dynasty and the music of the Mendelssohn brothers: creations either known or to be discovered, from the world of chamber music, concertos, symphonic repertory and – as an actual sensation! – of opera.

All events of the series