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CBSO - Bax and Vaughan Williams

From Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the CBSO and Chorus conducted by John Wilson. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Five Tudor Portraits. Bax: November Woods.

Tom Redmond presents a concert of Bax and Vaughan Williams given by the CBSO and conductor John Wilson, live from Birmingham's Symphony Hall. An evening of contrasting moods, it's bookended by two works by Ralph Vaughan Williams - his transcendent Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and the uproarious choral showpiece Five Tudor Portraits. Following the antics of a bunch of Elizabethan roustabouts, it was written for the 1936 Norwich Festival, to their apparent surprise: 'I think they thought they'd get "O Praise the Lord", but I sent them the Five Tudor Portraits.' Sandwiched in between is Arnold Bax's tone poem November Woods, a depiction of doomed wintry romance if ever there was one.

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Bax: November Woods

8.10 INTERVAL
During the interval Tom Redmond introduces a selection of commercial recordings of chamber music by Bax.

8.30 Vaughan Williams: Five Tudor Portraits

Rachel Kelly (mezzo)
Neal Davies (bass)
CBSO Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

      Ensemble: Strings of the CBSO. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Arnold Bax

      November Woods

      Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Interval

    • Arnold Bax

      Harp Quintet

      Ensemble: Mobius.
      • Naxos.
      • 8554507.
    • Arnold Bax

      A Hill Tune

      Performer: Ashley Wass.
      • Naxos.
      • 8557769.
  • Part 2

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Five Tudor Portraits

      Performer: Rachel Kelly and Neal Davies. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
  • Post-concert

    • Henri Vieuxtemps

      Viola Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 36

      Performer: Antoine Tamestit. Performer: C├ędric Tiberghien.
      • Bel Canto: The Voice of the Viola.
      • harmonia mundi.
    • Jean-Joseph de Mondonville

      Trio Sonata No.5 in D major

      Ensemble: Ensemble Diderot.
      • Audax.

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