Summer Serenade

28 June 2012 at 2.15pm

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Laurence Jackson violin/director
Christopher Yates viola

Elgar: Serenade for Strings 12′
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola 30′
Barber: Adagio 7′ Listen on Spotify
Dvořák: Serenade for Strings 27′

Some music just says “summer”. Elgar and Dvorák both loved the countryside, and in their lovely Serenades for Strings, you can practically smell the blossom and hear the bees. The CBSO’s leader Laurence Jackson takes his colleagues through the kind of music that musicians love to play – and plays one of the solo parts in Mozart’s magnificent Sinfonia Concertante. And as for Barber’s Adagio – well, there’s a good reason why it features in so many “Relaxing Classics” albums. Enjoy!


Article by Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post:

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“This afternoon sees Chris Yates, co-principal viola with the CBSO, join forces with the orchestra’s concertmaster, Laurence Jackson, for a performance of one of Mozart’s greatest works (and therefore obviously one of the greatest works ever written), the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, K364.  […]

[…]    ““Now, what can I say about Andris’s time so far? It’s like a combination of his two predecessors for me. Flair, burning passion, exquisite intensity coupled with accuracy, hopefully. An unbeatable and almost unbearable sensory satisfaction. Could we ask for more?” “