Franz Schubert - The Great - The Ulster Orchestra
Daniele Rustioni - Conductor
Francesca Dego - Violin
Busoni - Overture: Lustspiel
Mozart - Violin Concerto No.3
Schubert - Symphony No.9 Great
“During the meal we had some music. ... I played my Strassburg Concerto, which went like oil. Everyone praised my beautiful, pure tone.” (Mozart writing to his father, 1777) Mozart’s Strassburg Concerto is better known as his Third Violin Concerto, the Strassburger being a popular folk tune which inspires the closing Rondo.
His prodigious invention runs throughout and the second movement was described by eminent Mozart scholar Alfred Einstein as “an Adagio that seems to have fallen straight from heaven”. Much like Mozart, our soloist Francesca Dego is renowned for her tone, with BBC Music Magazine commenting that “Francesca Dego’s fine-spun tonal purity and spotless intonational poise are exceptionally beguiling…” The concerto is paired with Schubert’s Symphony No.9, nicknamed Great (though this stems from a mistranslation; it’s actually ‘large’). This is writing with the sort of ambition and scale that only Beethoven rivalled at the time – the overall effect is like walking through a vast landscape and, despite that mistranslation, by its end it’s well and truly earned the nickname Great.