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BBC SSO - Butterworth, Walton, Coles, Elgar

Live from Glasgow, BBC SSO under Martyn Brabbins in Butterworth, Walton, Coles and Elgar.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Martyn Brabbins and the BBC SSO explore music associated with WW1 including Elgar's Enigma Variations and Walton's Cello Concerto with soloist Nicolas Altstaedt.

Butterworth (completed Russman): Orchestral Fantasia
Walton: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

8.15 Interval

Coles (orch Brabbins): Behind the Lines; Sorrowful Dance
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Nicolas Altstaedt (cello)
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra welcomes back Martyn Brabbins to its home at City Halls for a concert dedicated to exploring British memories and experiences of World War 1. The concert includes 2 of the most enduring and popular English works: Elgar's Enigma Variations and Walton's Cello Concerto, for which the orchestra is joined by Nicolas Altstaedt.

These are performed alongside several more recent discoveries from composers whose creative endeavours were tragically cut short by the events of The Great War: George Butterworth and Cecil Coles. Butterworth is best known for his song-settings of A E Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad', and his Orchestral Fantasia was left unfinished at the time of his death. This evening's opening work has been reconstructed and expanded, from an initial sketch, by composer Kriss Russman. And Cecil Coles -who died near the Somme in 1918- left behind shrapnel-indented manuscripts which have been orchestrated by Martyn Brabbins, and make a poignant tribute to such lost talent.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Butterworth

    Orchestral Fantasia

  • William Walton

    Cello Concerto

    Performer: Nicolas Altstaedt. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • George Butterworth

    On the idle hill of summer

  • Jack Coles and His Orchestre Moderne


  • Coles

    Behind the Lines

  • Jack Coles and His Orchestre Moderne

    Sorrowful Dance

  • Edward Elgar

    Enigma Variations

  • Thomas Tomkins

    Te Deum from the Third Service

    Choir: Choir of St John's College Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha (conductor), Freddie James (organ).


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


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