Elgar, Tippett & Vaughan Williams


Sir Antonio Pappano: British Roots

Thu 12 Dec 2019 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

TIPPETT Concerto for Double String Orchestra
ELGAR Sea Pictures

Sir Antonio Pappano conductor
Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
London Symphony Orchestra

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Sir Antonio Pappano explores an all-British programme, highlighting composers’ responses to the world around them in early 20th-century Britain.

By playing both orchestras off against one another, Tippett achieves energetic dancing melodies and rhythmic vitality in his virtuosic Concerto for Double String Orchestra, looking back to Elizabethan music and to folksong and jazz to create a highly original piece.

Elgar’s Sea Pictures follows, a song cycle based on poems evoking fear and fascination with the sea, with English mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly bringing a sensitivity to the delicate, haunting songs. The programme concludes with Vaughan Williams’ Fourth Symphony; channelling tension and power through the music in amongst moments of light and clarity, it evokes a sense of hardship and persistence, suggesting the ever-present threat of war in the 1930s.

Free pre-concert recital

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
6pm Barbican

Vaughan Williams Phantasy Quintet
Howells Rhapsodic Quintet for clarinet and string quartet

Portorius Quartet:
Nicole Petrus Barrakcs violin
Sophia Prodanova violin
Diogo Ramos viola
Nathan Giorgetti cello
Julia Raga Pascual clarinet
Kate De Campos viola


Supported by LSO Friends

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