“Music of the Reformation” – BBC Proms debut

Pablo Heras-Casado leads the Freiburger Barockorchester in an all-Mendelssohn programme on September 3, for his debut at the BBC Proms. The performance, hosted at London’s Royal Albert Hall, will feature Mendelssohn’s Overture to The Hebrides (‘Fingal’s Cave’), the Violin Concerto in E minor with soloist Isabelle Faust, and the Symphony No 5 in D major (“Reformation”). These works are all featured on Mr. Heras-Casado’s latest release with the Freiburger Barockorchester and Ms. Faust on the harmonia mundi label; purchase links and additional details can be found via his Discography.

Please note there are currently a limited number of seats remaining for this concert. Visit RoyalAlbertHall.com to order your tickets today.

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