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Vaughan Williams

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 09 November 2011

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

Halle Orchestra
Conductor Sir Mark Elder
Assistant Conductor Andrew Gourlay*.

Music Played

3 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Halle

    • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony no. 5 in D major

      Conductor: Mark ELDER Performer: Halle Orchestra

    • Image for Antonin Dvorak

      Antonin Dvorak Serenade in D minor Op.44 for wind instruments

      Conductor: Andrew GOURLAY Performer: Halle Orchestra

    • Image for Edward Elgar

      Edward Elgar Cockaigne (In London town) - overture Op.40

      Conductor: Mark ELDER Performer: Halle Orchestra


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