Live from the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
Presented by Christopher Cook.
Written as the storm clouds of war were gathering, Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony is a glorious paean to peace that opens with a gentle horn call and ends in a serene glow. A sweetly expressive lovers' theme, a military band and even a cheeky cockney street urchin feature in Elgar's overture Cockaigne, a beguiling musical picture of our capital city. Alongside these two British masterpieces is Dvorák's lovely and highly lyrical Serenade. Completed in 1878, it gave the Czech composer one of his earliest successes, and will be conducted this evening by the Halle's assistant conductor Andrew Gourlay.
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.5
Conductor Sir Mark Elder
Assistant Conductor Andrew Gourlay*.