Mozart’s overture is an energetic speed-ride, opening with a brief slow introduction before leading into an effervescent presto. Far from being a trivial piece, Britten’s youthful symphony demonstrates a complexity of execution which belies the declared simplicity. Full of soaring melodies, glistening arabesques and exhilarating virtuoso passages, the sheer quality of the music and lightness of touch of Mendelssohn’s concerto makes it a favourite amongst performers and listeners alike. It is bursting with unbridled vitality that leaves audiences clamouring for more. Schubert’s Fifth Symphony is a genial, optimistic and thoroughly refreshing piece, containing just enough hints of darker emotions that were to follow in his later works.

Works and composers

Mozart Cosi fan Tutte Overture
Britten Simple Symphony
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Schubert Symphony No.5

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