Elgar’s Falstaff

Wednesday 30 September 2009 at 7.30PM

Oliver Knussen  conductor
Leila Josefowicz  violin

Britten: Canadian Carnival 14′
Matthews: Violin Concerto (Feeney Trust commission: world premiere) 24′
Elgar: Falstaff 36′

Larger than life, both philosopher and philanderer, Falstaff is one of Shakespeare’s most lovable rogues, and Elgar’s affectionate portrait also tells us a great deal about the composer’s own private world in music of great character and good-humour. Britten’s 1939 Canadian Carnival is an equally swaggering celebration of a more out-of-doors kind, and provides an ideal welcome for the return to Birmingham of the Canadian-born virtuoso Leila Josefowicz. She gives the world premiere of a new concerto written specially for her by the leading British composer Colin Matthews.  www.cbso.co.uk


Review from Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post at:-


 “For more than half a century, Feeney Trust commissions for the CBSO have been events to savour in anticipation, and the latest among these, Colin Matthews’ Violin Concerto, is no exception.”


Review by Dominic Nudd, ClassicalSource.com:-


“This is a gorgeous new concerto, Leila Josefowicz delivering an impassioned performance, closely supported by deeply engaged playing from the CBSO under Oliver Knussen.”


Review from Andrew Clements, Guardian:-


“Colin Matthews’s new violin concerto, commissioned by the Feeney Trust for Leila Josefowicz to play with the City of Birmingham Symphony conducted by Oliver Knussen, is a strikingly original work, which never does quite what you expect of a violin concerto.”


Review from Hilary Finch, Times:-


“Colin Matthews’s Violin Concerto failed to stir the blood, and only in Elgar’s Falstaff did the orchestra hit full strength”

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