Saturday 27th Jan 2018 at 19:45

Caroline MarwoodBook nowNielsen Symphony No.3 Speaker symbol
    Soloists Nicola Ihnatowicz and Oskar McCarthy 

Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto Speaker symbol
    Soloist Caroline Marwood

Strauss Suite from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ Speaker symbol

Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony (the ‘Espansiva’) is light and joyous – not ‘typical’ Nielsen at all. Its famous slow movement, which Nielsen himself described as a ‘landscape Andante,’ uses offstage solo voices to marvellous effect. Vaughan Williams then provides a virtuoso showpiece for principal oboist Caroline Marwood. A folk music-inspired pastorale is followed by a delicate minuet, while the finale is almost a perpetuum mobile – interrupted by some stunningly lyrical passages.  The Rosenkavalier suite excerpts moments of Strauss’ greatest masterpiece, including the ‘Presentation of the Rose’ scene, and the most richly textured of the opera’s several waltzes. It concludes with the powerful trio for the Marschallin, Octavian and Sophie – and by the languorous final duet. Not to be missed!