Elgar’s Enigma

Wednesday 20 January 2010 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

 Edward Gardner  conductor
Alison Balsom  trumpet
Christopher Yates  viola

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis 15′ Listen
requires Real Player
MacMillan: Epiclesis 25′
Britten: Lachrymae 15′
Elgar: Enigma Variations 29′

To begin our series featuring the amazing musical decade leading up to the CBSO’s birth in 1920, we have one of the jewels of English music – Vaughan Williams’ luminous Tallis Fantasia, premiered in 1910. Britten’s late work for viola and strings also draws on older English music, while James Macmillan’s striking trumpet concerto is a prayer inspired by the composer’s Christian faith. This concert of deeply personal British music ends with Elgar’s brilliant tribute to his friends. www.cbso.co.uk

Review by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:


 Review by Andrew Clements, Guardian:


“Gardner prefaced the Vaughan Williams with a brass arrangement of Tallis’s original theme, and did as much as he could to enhance the work’s ­in-built spatial effects by ­placing the second string orchestra off stage and increasing Symphony Hall’s ­reverberation as much as he dared.” …

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