Composer of the Week: Mendelssohn

1829: Rain and Mists

Episode 2 1829: Rain and Mists



The composer's 1829 tour of Scotland is recorded in a series of memorable sketches. The weather was particularly bad, so much so that he developed a different pencil technique in his attempts to capture the cloudy skies and swirling mists. However, his visit to Fingal's cave is preserved only in music. The crossing was so rough and he was so sea-sick, he was unable to produce a sketch. Presented by Donald Macleod. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat, Op 12 (Canzonetta: Allegro). Emerson Quartet. Hebrides Overture. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conductor Edward Gardner. Scottish Lieder. Hannah Morrison (soprano), James Rutherford (baritone), Eugene Asti (piano). Fantasy for piano in F sharp minor. Howard Shelley (piano). Reformation Symphony. London Symphony Orchestra, conductor John Eliot Gardiner.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Johannah Smith