Saturday 19th March 2011 at 7:45pm

Carl Nielsen
Carl Nielsen
Complete programme in PDF formatWalton ‘Spitfire Prelude and Fugue’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Sibelius ‘Violin Concerto’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    Soloist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny

Nielsen ‘Symphony No.5’   Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

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.