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Music from BBC orchestras. Vaughan Williams: Overture (The Wasps). Finzi: Clarinet Concerto. Bax: Nympholept. Britten: Canticle V. Elgar: Cello Concerto. Walton: Symphony No 1.

Best of British - Ancient and Modern.

Today's programme features three Classically inspired pieces: Vaughan Williams's evergreen overture to a play originally by Aristophanes, an orchestral fantasy by Arnold Bax inspired by the nymphs of Classical legend, and Britten's last Canticle - indeed his last work (from 1974): The Death of St. Narcissus, with a text by T.S.Eliot, inspired in turn by Ovid's Metamorphoses.

There are also two well-loved concertos: Finzi's for clarinet, and Elgar's for cello - a composer in his senior years, out of fashion and looking back to a lost world. Plus Walton's First Symphony - young man's music, full of vigour and passion.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Vaughan Williams: Overture 'The Wasps'
BBC Philharmonic,
John Wilson (conductor).

2.10pm
Finzi: Clarinet Concerto
Michael Collins (clarinet),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Garry Walker.

2.35pm
Bax: Nympholept
BBC Philharmonic,
Vernon Handley (conductor).

2.55pm
Britten: Canticle V - The Death of St Narcissus, Op. 89
Ben Johnson (tenor),
Lucy Wakeford (harp).

3.00pm
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Johannes Moser (cello),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Andrew Litton (conductor).

3.30pm
Walton: Symphony no. 1 in B flat minor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Vassily Sinaisky (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 18 Jan 2013 14:00

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Wasps - Overture

  • Gerald Finzi

    Concerto in C minor Op.31 for clarinet and string orchestra

  • Benjamin Britten

    Canticle V - The death of St Narcissus Op.89 for tenor and harp

  • Arnold Bax

    Nympholept vers. for orchestra

  • Edward Elgar

    Concerto in E minor Op.85 for cello and orchestra

  • William Walton

    Symphony no. 1 in B flat minor

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