Elgar Symphony No 1
THOMAS ADÈS Dances from 'Powder her Face'
WALTON Viola Concerto
ELGAR Symphony No 1
Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola
London Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Adès’ 1995 opera Powder Her Face takes a wickedly irreverent look at the Duchess of Argyll, whose exploits were the stuff of scandal. Elgar had long wanted to write a symphony but shied away until his fifties, considering abstract music to be the apex of orchestral writing. To Master of the King’s Music, Sir Henry Walford Davies, Elgar wrote about his symphony ‘There is no programme beyond a wide experience of human life … and a massive hope in the future’.
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Please note that the pre-concert performance previously advertised has been cancelled for scheduling reasons.