The day after the first performance of Vaughan William’s A London Symphony, on 27 March 1914, George Butterworth wrote to the composer that he was “frightfully glad” that “you have at last achieved something worthy of your gifts”. Vaughan Williams later confided to Sir John Barbirolli that it was his own favourite of the nine symphonies he wrote. A slow, quiet introduction depicts daw, with the harp and clarinet sounding the chimes of Westminster, followed by scenes of Bloomsbury Square, the East-end, and finally a tragic appassionata presumably depicting the grimmer sides of city life at that time. Vaughan William's The Lark Ascending shall open the concert - a yearning, romantic utterance that brilliantly evokes the song of the lark and contains an eloquent cadenza that wistfully suggests the beauty of nature.
Forthcoming concerts in Basingstoke
Jun 05 2013, 19:45 - The Anvil
Christoph von Dohnányi conducts Beethoven's Eroica in Basingstoke
Sep 28 2013, 19:45 - The Anvil
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Schumann, Beethoven and Berlioz in Basingstoke