British Classics with John Wilson

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Wednesday 22 January 2014 at 2.15pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

John Wilson  conductor

Paul Watkins  cello

Ireland: A London Overture 12′

Walton: Cello Concerto 30′

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony 48′ Listen on Spotify Watch on YouTube

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.”

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