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John Wilson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform music by Holst, Walton and Bax and are joined by Paul Watkins in Finzi's Cello Concerto

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Conductor John Wilson -well known for his interpretations of American music- this evening leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in an exploration of the varied work of British composers active in the first half of the 20th Century. The concert opens with music by William Walton who, in his vivacious 'Portsmouth Point: Orchestral Overture', etches a musical image of bawdy British sailors, using all the colourful sounds of the early 20th Century orchestra.

Paul Watkins, acclaimed for his performances of British Music, joins the orchestra as soloist in Gerald Finzi's Cello Concerto, a work imbued with characteristic lyricism but with darker undertones, written shortly before the composer's untimely death in 1956.

And the concert concludes with 2 works: Holst's Ballet Music from his doomed opera, 'The Perfect Fool'; and Arnold Bax's, 'The Garden of Fand', an orchestral tone poem inspired by the ancient Celtic folklore in which the composer was steeped.

Holst: The Perfect Fool, Ballet Music
Bax: Garden of Fand

Paul Watkins (cello)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

followed by:
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach from the BBC New Generation Artists archive. Live in Concert will be featuring Baroque recordings every weekday evening for Baroque Spring this month.

1 hour, 20 minutes

Last on

Mon 4 Mar 2013 20:40
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