BBC NOW and Chorus - Elgar, Delius, Walton
Live at St David's Hall, Cardiff, Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC NOW and Chorus. Elgar: In the South (Alassio). Delius: Double Concerto. Walton: Belshazzar's Feast.
Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff
Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas
BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales perform Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with guest conductor Martyn Brabbins, the newly-appointed Music Director of English National Opera.
Elgar: In the South (Alassio)
Delius: Concerto for Violin and Cello
8.15: Interval: Pied Piper
During the intervals of the concerts this week, we'll be hearing a selection of programmes from the five year long series. Munrow explored a wide range of music, and these five programmes can only begin to give a taste of the topics he covered. This edition of the Pied Piper programme was first heard at 5.25pm on Monday 1st March 1976. The Radio Times described it like this: "For two centuries the string quartet has been a favourite form of music making. David Munrow traces its early history from the time when the 'demure' viol was replaced by the 'vulgar' violin."
8.35: Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
Tasmin Little, violin
Paul Watkins, cello
Neal Davies, bass
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martyn Brabbins, conductor
With the hauntingly dramatic bass solo telling of Belshazzar's hallucinations and ensuing death, to epic choruses depicting the fall of Babylon, this choral masterpiece is a work of epic proportions. From the striking opening brass fanfare, the delicate and intimate semi-choruses, to massed choral forces, Belshazzar's Feast is a high energy emotional rollercoaster.
|Performer||BBC National Chorus of Wales|
|Performer||BBC National Orchestra of Wales|