The Winter Concert 2019
Shostakovich – Festive Overture
Elgar – Cello Concerto
Bax – Symphony No 4
Three great pieces of music - each being very much the way ESO plans and runs its concerts - are in tonight's programme.
We start with a rousing and exuberant ouverture by the great Russian 20th.C. composer Dimitri Shostakovich, which was very well received about 10 years ago when we last performed it..
English music has always been a great passion of mine, and another area we have explored and received great enthusiasm for as it does seem to really engage our very supportive and enthusiastic audiences. Elgar has had quite a good outing with ESO in the last three to four years and the concerto sees a return to the ever popular cello concerto, with a fine young soloist from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust being a feature of this concert. Featuring young soloists is another path we have enthusiastically followed over the last 15 years.
Your enthusiastic and positive reception of the two symphonic poems by Sir Arnold Bax - we have performed 'Tintagel' twice, and 'November Woods' once with the Vaughan-Wlliams 'Sea Symphony' about a year or so ago - has prompted me to give one of his magnificent symphonies - No 4 - an airing in this concert as the final work of the programme. The descriptive note in the programme will encourage you alI to engage in some really colourful imagination exploration around the character/musical description of the music, and although it is another new english work in our programmes I dont think you will be disappointed once you hear it. Brian