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- Saturday 11th March 2017 − 8pm King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
- JANÁČEK: Sinfonietta
BRAHMS: A German Requiem
Soloists: Linda Richardson (Soprano), Nicholas Garrett (Baritone)
The musical seeds for Brahms’s German Requiem were sown over nearly 15 years. The first notes were written as far back as 1854 when the composer was just 21 years old, but it was the death of Robert Schumann in 1856 and of his mother in 1865 that led Brahms to write the work that would become his first international calling card. Rather than setting the Latin Mass, the composer chose texts from the Lutheran bible – hence the ‘German’ of the title – though Brahms said that A Human Requiem would perhaps be a more appropriate title.
The concert opens with Janáček’s blazingly brilliant Sinfonietta. A dozen trumpets sound a thrilling and awe-inspiring fanfare that will mark, coincidentally, 130 years of concerts by the Cambridge Philharmonic in King’s College Chapel.
“It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.” Johannes Brahms
“The Cambridge Philharmonic chorus were on splendid form.” Cambridgeshire Pride
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- Saturday 20th May 2017 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
- ADÈS: America: A Prophecy
ADAMS: On the Transmigration of Souls
IVES: Symphony No. 2
Soloist: Bianca Andrew (Mezzo soprano)
Commissioned in 1999 by the New York Philharmonic to write a work for the new millennium, Thomas Adès found inspiration in the music and events of 500 years earlier, notably the 16th century Mayan people and their fate at the hands of the Spanish conquistadores.
John Adams’s work of two years later was commissioned by the same orchestra but under very different circumstances. Using recorded testimony from people personally affected by the events of 9/11 Adams weaves their voices into his profoundly moving and beautiful choral work On The Transmigration of Souls.
Both Adès and Adams have acknowledged the influence of that great American master, Charles Ives, whose Second Symphony of 1901 was belatedly premiered and championed by Leonard Bernstein in the 1950s. Masterfully combining everything from Beethoven’s Fifth to America the Beautiful into a joyous and triumphant whole, Ives takes the listener on an extraordinary journey through a broad musical landscape.
“He has outgrown his status as the wunderkind of a vibrant British scene and become one of the most imposing figures in contemporary music.” The New Yorker on Thomas Adès
“His music has all the freshness of a naïve American wandering in the grand palaces of Europe.” Leonard Bernstein on Charles Ives
- Saturday 8th July 2017 − 7.30pm Ely Cathedral
- An Alpine Symphony
PARRY (arr. Jacob): I Was Glad
ELGAR: The Spirit of England
STRAUSS: An Alpine Symphony
Soloist: Stephanie Corley (Soprano)
2017 marks the centenary of Elgar’s The Spirit of England. Deeply affected by the suffering of the First World War, Elgar set verses from a collection by the war poet Laurence Binyon in a style far from the pomp and circumstance of his celebrated marches. At around the time Elgar was beginning work on what would be his final choral work, Strauss was putting the finishing touches to what turned out to be his last orchestral tone poem. The Alpine Symphony describes, from sunrise to sunset, the breathtaking scenery in which Strauss and Mahler used to walk together. Scored for a vast orchestra – including 20 horns, 8 timpani and a set of cowbells – it is work perfectly suited to the imposing grandeur of Ely Cathedral.
“The first English progressive” Strauss on Elgar
“The choir and orchestra gave their very best in a performance of outstanding fervour, intensity and technical command.” Cambridge News
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