BBC Proms Debut with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Isabelle Faust

On September 3, Pablo Heras-Casado makes his debut at the BBC Proms, conducting an all-Mendelssohn programme with the Freiburger Barockorchester and violinist Isabelle Faust. Works featured include The Hebrides (Overture), Violin Concerto in E minor with Ms. Faust, and Symphony No. 5 in D major (“Reformation”).

Mr. Heras-Casado has recorded several works by Mendelssohn; visit the Discography page for a complete listing.

Programme notes:

The dynamic Freiburg Baroque Orchestra brings authentic period-instrument colour to three of Mendelssohn’s best-loved orchestral works in a Proms matinee directed by rising young conductor Pablo Heras-Casado.

Violinist Isabelle Faust makes her second appearance this season, as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto – the composer’s last completed orchestral work, and perhaps the loveliest of all the Romantic violin concertos.

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation continues to be marked with Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony, whose final movement quotes movingly from Luther’s chorale ‘Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott’, while the concert opens with the composer’s glorious overture The Hebrides, inspired by a visit to Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish Isle of Staffa.

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.


Photos: Fernando Sancho