|Schubert ‘Symphony No. 8’ (Unfinished)
Paul Creston ‘Marimba Concertino’
This Schubert symphony has remained one of the most well loved in the concert repertoire in what seems a perfect unfinished state, though others have tried to complete it. Creston’s Concertino is distinctly tonal in the modern American idiom and possessed of a strong rhythmic sense. Sibelius’s Second is by far the most popular of his symphonies. Its style is characteristic Sibelius, with marvellous dark-hued sonorities, expansive brass chorales, passionate expressiveness, and at the end, with screwed up tension leading to a glorious triumphant conclusion.
Here are some programmes, recordings and videos of our performances. In addition, a complete list of every piece we have performed since 1960 is on the repertoire page in a sortable table.
Many of the sound recordings in this archive were recorded by students on the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey.
|Walton ‘Spitfire Prelude and Fugue’
Sibelius ‘Violin Concerto’
Soloist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny
The opening item comes from Walton’s music written for the 1942 film ‘The First of the Few’. Sibelius’s only concerto, in turn stormy and tense, quiet and lyrical, and with a dazzling dancing finale, demands forceful dramatic playing from the soloist. Nielsen’s Fifth, widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, portrays conflict with disturbing but exhilarating power: the contrast between darkness and light, ominous militarism and peace, evil and good, which eventually leads to an affirmative conclusion.
Beethoven: Overture ‘Coriolan’
Berlioz: ‘Reverie et Caprice’
Mahler: Symphony No 5
| Day Workshop at Bishop Justus School BR2 8HZ
Adrian introduced the work at 6pm, followed by an informal performance at 6.30pm.
The session was free, but donations were welcome; no tickets were issued.
|Kabalevsky Overture ‘Colas Breugnon’
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1
Kabalevsky’s sparkling overture brilliantly captures the carefree moods of an exuberant hero in the mould of Till Eulenspeigel and Robin Hood. The Tchaikovsky concerto was famously rejected by its original dedicatee Nikolai Rubinstein as being worthless, unplayable and vulgar. How very wrong this has proved to be! Ever since its premiere in 1875 it has been overwhelmingly popular with audiences – and a challenge for pianists. Prokofiev’s celebrated ballet is so full of the most wonderful tunes and orchestral colour that it is a pity that time does not allow us to play it all, but only a generous selection.
Kabalevsky: Overture ‘Colas Breugnon’
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1
Prokofiev: ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Montagus and Capulets: Dance of the Knights
The Young Juliet
Romeo and Juliet: Love Scene
Death of Tybalt
Romeo at Juliet's Grave
Chausson ‘Poeme de l’amour et de la mer’
Britten ‘Sea Interludes’
Our theme for this concert is the sea in all its moods. The ‘Sea Interludes’ and ‘La Mer’ are well known concert favourites and make attractive partners for Chausson’s evocative ‘Poème’ and Bridge’s orchestral suite, which Britten heard as a boy of 10 and was "knocked sideways" by what he heard. Bridge subsequently became Britten’s teacher and profoundly influenced his musical development.
|Elgar ‘In the South’
Strauss ‘Four last Songs'
Dvořák Symphony No.8
Elgar’s most luxuriant and expansive concert overture shows his facility with music on both the grandest scale and the most intimate. Strauss’s final completed work deals with death, but with a wonderful sense of calm acceptance, and features soaring melodies for the soloist against full orchestra. Dvořák’s symphony has a warm and optimistic tone, full of tunes inspired by the Bohemian folk music that he loved.
Elgar: ‘In the South’
Strauss: ‘Four last Songs'
Beim Schlafengehen (Falling Asleep)
Im Abendrot (At sunset)
Dvořák: Symphony No.8
Allegro con brio
Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
Allegro ma non troppo
Sir Edward Elgar
|Berlioz Overture to 'Benvenuto Cellini'
Bruch Violin Concerto No.1
Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from ‘Tristan and Isolde’
Elgar ‘Enigma’ Variations
Our season opens with this brilliant overture, full of imaginative orchestral colour, vitality and melody. The Bruch concerto, justifiably one of the most popular in the orchestral repertoire is followed by Wagner’s powerful picture of doomed love, death and ultimately transfiguration. We end with Elgar’s well known portrait of "my friends pictured within" which was the piece which really secured his international reputation.
Berlioz - Overture to 'Benvenuto Cellini' (Note: Closed captions are available by clicking "CC")
Bruch - Violin Concerto
Wagner - Prelude and Liebestod from ‘Tristan and Isolde’
Elgar - 'Enigma' variations