Bedford Sinfonia - String Hors d'Oeuvres and Wind Main Course
Saturday 25 March 2017
Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square
A veritable feast is served here. For the ‘Hors d’Oeuvres’ we offer four short works for strings written by famous composers. One of these is a String Symphony written with great skill and invention by the 13 year-old Mendelssohn, and another is a ‘gem of the Romantic era’ for cello and orchestra, composed by the accomplished 19 year-old Richard Strauss. Tonight this is played by the Sinfonia’s principal cellist James Jarvis. After the interval we approach the ‘meat’ of the menu, Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’, written for 12 wind instruments plus a double bass. Its first performance was organised by Anton Stadler, Mozart’s clarinettist friend, and it was described as ‘A great wind music of a very special kind.’ Sit back and enjoy.