Experience the drama of Elgar's Cello Concerto and Vaughan Williams' Fifth Symphony in an all-British program conducted by Robert Spano.
Don't be misled by the cliché of British reserve, this concert is all about passion and drama. Elgar's Cello Concerto was his last major work and this heart-wrenching music speaks with tremendous power and sincerity. In 2017 you can hear it played by rising Dutch star Harriet Krijgh. The concerto is framed by music with theatrical roots. First, a whimsical 'potpourri' from Oliver Knussen's opera Higglety Pigglety Pop! – one grownup's attempt to write the music he wanted to compose as a child: full of invention and fantasy. And after interval, Vaughan Williams' Fifth, which shares its origins with his opera Pilgrim's Progress. Premiered at the height of World War II, the symphony is deeply reflective, its serene beauties and 'Tudor' sound world disguising an underlying dramatic tension.