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
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)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor).