The ESO continue our celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary with his audacious and precocious First Symphony. At the time of its premiere, the young Beethoven had established himself as the most talented and controversial musician of his generation, and his First Symphony took his burgeoning fame to a whole new level. The concert opens with a haunting work by Composer-in-Association, Adrian Williams “Russells’ Elegy”, described by the composer as “a soulful ‘in-memorium’ for two great people who touched my life,” rising out of darkness to end in eternal calm. Maja Bogdanovic, who is fast becoming one of today’s most popular cello virtousi, returns to the ESO for a performance of Haydn’s dazzling C major Cello Concerto.
Tchaikovsky was possibly the greatest of all Russian composers, and his Third String Quartet, heard here in a powerful new arrangement for string orchestra by Kenneth Woods, is one of his most beautiful and emotional works. The concert’s Russian theme also embraces the beautiful Concertino for Violin by Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birthday we celebrate in this performance by the ESO’s own Zoë Beyers, one of today’s leading violinists. The concert opens with Mozart’s evergreen A Little Night Music, and a great night of music it will be.
The ESO’s annual side-by-side performances with the Herefordshire Youth Orchestra have become one of the hottest tickets of the year. This time, the two orchestras join forces for Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Three Gifts by the ESO’s John McCabe Composer-in-Association, Adrian Williams. Written for the National Children’s Orchestra, it is a touching series of character portraits of three of Williams’ friends, each of whom is living with a disability of some kind. Continuing the ESO’s celebration of Beethoven at 250, Alexander Sitkovetsky, one of the greatest violinists of his generation, returns to the Shirehall stage for Beethoven’s monumental Violin Concerto.
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2018 The Arts Desk 10 Best Recordings of the Year – Brahms Piano Quartet orch. Kenneth Woods
2017 Gramophone Magazine Critics’ Choice Recordings of the Year – Sawyers Symphony No. 3
2017 MusicWeb Opera Recording of the Year – Jane Eyre
2016 Sunday Times Recording of the Year – Krenek Piano Concertos Vol. 1
2015 Classical Music Magazine Premiere of the Year – Elgar Piano Quintet. orch. Donald Fraser
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CD David Matthews – Symphony No. 9, Variations for Strings, Double Concerto£12.00
Philip Sawyers – Violin Concerto, The Valley of Vision, Trumpet Concerto, Elegiac Rhapsody£12.00
Brahms/Kenneth Woods- Piano Quartet in A Major (arr. for symphony orchestra)£10.00
Hans Gál- Concertino for Cello and Strings, Solo Cello Works, Avie Records£10.00
Simon Desbruslais and Clare Hammond- The Art of Dancing
Philip Sawyers- Symphony no. 3, Songs of Loss and Regret, Fanfare£12.00