Salt water stained nostalgia calls Grace Williams back to her coastal childhood home in a piece which traces the many moods of the ocean from its calm, flat surface of endless horizons to the unforgiving, relentlessness of stormy seas.
Delicate and uncertain, Vaughan Williams’ lark takes flight. Soaring high above fragrant green pastures, we dip and dive along with the solo violin of Thomas Gould in this landmark composition.
The hypnotically beautiful strings of Sibelius’ Scene with Cranes are punctuated by the honking of two clarinets, our pair of cranes flying overhead. This is part of the music that Sibelius wrote for the play Kuolema (Death) with the Valse Triste (Sad Waltz) being the haunting accompaniment to a much darker scene; a dying mother dances for one last time before Death arrives at her door.
Michael Tippett weaves the traditional English tune, Sellinger’s Round, around musical samples surveying the rich history of British music from Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell, Thomas Arne, John Field, and Arthur Sullivan.
This concert will be one hour and 20 minutes long (with an interval).