Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Live from the Barbican
The British-born Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano, conducts an all British programme with the London Symphony Orchestra - music by Thomas Ades, Walton and Elgar.
The concert begins with 'Dances from Powder Her Face' - an 11-minute orchestral work derived from the opera that Ades wrote telling the colourful life-story of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. Next comes the lyrical, bitter-sweet concerto that William Walton wrote for an instrument often overlooked as a soloist, the viola. The soloist is the French former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Antoine Tamestit. After the interval come Elgar's 1st Symphony - described at its first rehearsals back in 1908 by conductor Hans Richter as 'the greatest symphony of modern times, written by the greatest modern composer - and not only in this country.' Elgar himself said of it 'there is no programme beyond a wide experience of human life with a great charity (love) and a massive hope in the future.' - a hope that continues to shine through the music over 100 years later. The concert is introduced by Petroc Trelawny.
Ades: Dances from Powder Her Face
Walton: Viola Concerto
London Symphony Orchestra
Antonio Pappano (conductor)
Antoine Tamestit (viola).