Sinfonia Cymru play Mozart and Bartok
Chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru, conducted by Gabor Takacs-Nagy, perform works by Mozart, Bartok and Huw Watkins. Recorded in Cardiff at the Dora Stoutzker Hall.
Nicola Heywood Thomas presents a concert with Sinfonia Cymru, a chamber orchestra from Wales, under the Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy, recorded in Cardiff at the Dora Stoutzker Hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Mozart was an excellent violinist and played professionally at the court orchestra in Salzburg. However, at home, it was the gentler tones of the viola he seemed to prefer. Mozart features both instruments side by side in his Sinfonia Concertante. Also featured in this lively programme is Mozart's passionate 40th Symphony, and the concert opens with songs inspired by Welsh folk music, by leading Welsh composer Huw Watkins.
During the interval Nicola Heywood Thomas chats to members of the orchestra about the orchestra's varied musical projects, and we hear tracks from their latest album Birdsong - Cân yr Adar.
Watkins: Three Welsh Songs for Strings
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat for violin & viola K. 364
Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances (arranged by Willner for strings)
Mozart: Symphony No.40 in G minor K. 550
Sinfonia Cymru, Gábor Takács-Nagy, conductor
Benjamin Baker, violin, Timothy Ridout, viola
Producer: Amy Wheel for BBC Wales.