Peggy Glanville-Hicks’ Three Gymnopédies are jewels, revealing endless character in just a short space of time.
Glanville-Hicks was fascinated by Greek culture, and you can almost hear the azure waves of the Mediterranean lapping in these wonderful works.
Written a century earlier, Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony continues the great German symphonic tradition handed down from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Its shimmering melodies beam with joy and unbridled enthusiasm in a wonderfully delicate reminder of music’s restorative power.
Our Great Classics performance also includes Beethoven’s sunny, optimistic Second Symphony which captures the composer at the very moment he was revealing a unique artistic voice and announcing a new musical age.
With Simone Young’s great passion for these three composers, these works combine for performances of delightful exuberance and brilliance. Prepare to be swept off your feet.
Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS Three Gymnopédies
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.2*
SCHUMANN Symphony No.2
*Great Classics performance only (Saturday 9 March)
SIMONE YOUNG conductor