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Proms 2014 Prom 42: Lest We Forget

Prom 42: Lest We Forget
Prom 42: Lest We Forget
19:30 Sun 17 Aug 2014 Royal Albert Hall
Baritone Roderick Williams joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in music inspired by the First World War. Butterworth’s setting from Housman’s A Shropshire Lad depicts a world on the brink of collapse, while Vaughan Williams’s Pastoral Symphony is a curdled vision of war-ravaged France. Both Rudi Stephan and Frederick Kelly were killed in the conflict, the latter leaving behind the exquisite Elegy for strings, the former the more muscular Music for Orchestra (1912).
Baritone Roderick Williams joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in music inspired by the First World War. Butterworth’s setting from Housman’s A Shropshire Lad depicts a world on the brink of collapse, while Vaughan Williams’s Pastoral Symphony is a curdled vision of war-ravaged France. Both Rudi Stephan and Frederick Kelly were killed in the conflict, the latter leaving behind the exquisite Elegy for strings, the former the more muscular Music for Orchestra (1912).

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Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad reflects a world on the brink of collapse while Vaughan Williams’s Pastoral Symphony is a vision of war-ravaged France. Like Butterworth, both Rudi Stephan and Frederick Kelly were killed in the First World War; the latter’s exquisite Elegy for strings was performed at his own memorial concert. Stephan’s Music for Orchestra (1912) finds a desperate intensity in its Expressionist colours.

 

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