BBC Philharmonic - Elgar, Brahms
From Westmorland Hall, Kendal, a concert in which Michael Seal conducts the BBC Philharmonic. Elgar: Violin Concerto (soloist: Tasmin Little). Brahms: Symphony No 1.
From Westmorland Hall, Kendal
Presented by Tom Redmond
Elgar: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No 1
Tasmin Little (violin)
Michael Seal (conductor)
Brahms declared he would never write a symphony, so strongly did he feel Beethoven looking over his shoulder; however, despite his uncertainty about measuring up, his First Symphony was eventually born when Brahms was in his early forties and the the gripping opening, intermezzo-like middle movements and rays of golden light which spread through the Finale add up to a positive and satisfying whole. Tasmin Little joins the orchestra for Elgar's Violin Concerto which opens the programme. This is a piece that Elgar himself loved and the lyricism and vitality of the music speak as clearly today as when it received its enormously successful premiere.