Wednesday 22 January 2014 at 2.15pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600
John Wilson conductor
Paul Watkins cello
Ireland: A London Overture 12′
Walton: Cello Concerto 30′
Vaughan Williams may have loved the countryside, but he couldn’t resist the capital. Listen out for street-songs, buskers and even the chimes of Big Ben as conductor John Wilson drives us through the fog – and enjoy John Ireland’s gloriously tuneful take on the same bustling scene. Walton’s Cello Concerto, meanwhile, comes from warmer climes; with Paul Watkins as the soloist, this is one trip to London where sunshine is guaranteed!
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Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:
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… “The twilit slow movement was serene and haunting, illuminated by Christopher Yates’ viola playing.
I thoroughly enjoyed it – a slightly guilty pleasure like watching Downton Abbey while dipping digestives into tea.
If the symphony was a little paunchy, even after the composer trimmed it, then Walton’s cello concerto is lean and lithe without an excess note.
There’s not even a flashy cadenza but the two solo episodes in the final variation movement give the cellist the spotlight and Paul Watkins seized the opportunity.
Throughout he was fast and fluent with a full but not over-rich tone, just right for Walton’s musical sweet-and-sour mixture.
Wilson was attentive to details such as the magical touch Walton brings with just few judicious dabs of the tinkling celesta.”