John Wilson conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a programme of English music by Walton, York Bowen and Vaughan Williams.
Live from The Barbican Centre, London.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Vaughan Williams: Five Tudor Portraits
Lawrence Power (viola)
Rosie Aldridge (mezzo-soprano)
Neal Davies (baritone)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Chorus
John Wilson (conductor)
John Wilson returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra to conduct an all-English programme. Lawrence Power has proved a persuasive champion of York Bowen's gloriously romantic Viola Concerto, written for Lionel Tertis in 1908, and this provides the emotional core for a concert lit with ribald humour. Walton's ingenious 'comedy overture' Scapino, an exhilarating orchestral showpiece, finds a spirited echo in Vaughan Williams's earthy Five Tudor Portraits. Setting texts by Henry VIII's one-time tutor John Skelton, Vaughan Williams conjures up fives vivid character sketches, from the drunken Elinor Rumming to the charming Pretty Bess, a scherzo for the tattered Jolly Rutterkin, and Jane Scroop's heartfelt Requiem to her pet sparrow.