A special afternoon of English music conducted by John Wilson, framed around John Ireland's Piano Concerto, performed 50 years after his death. Written in 1930, it was an immediate success at its première, its jazzy rhythms reminiscent of Ravel's G Major concerto. In this afternoon's concert it appears alongside works all written in the first three decades of the 20th century. These are Vaughan Williams's rhapsodic Tallis Fantasia, Elgar's evocative Alassio and Delius's glorious pastoral sound-painting describing the arrival of spring. Walton's boisterous portrait of naval life, Portsmouth Point, completes the programme.
Next matinee at Royal Festival Hall
Mar 09 2014, 15:00 - Royal Festival Hall
Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn