NYOS Symphony Orchestra & National Youth Orchestra of Canada
Double bill of NYOS Symphony Orchestra and NYO Canada at EIF highlighting 1918 centenary with works by Boulanger, Debussy and Copland and music by Canada's John Estacio.
In the year of Young People as designated by the Scottish Government, the National Youth Orchestras from Scotland and Canada perform at the Edinburgh International Festival with music from France, England, America and Canada. The NYOS Symphony Orchestra is the top orchestra of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland family. They make their first appearance at the EIF for 30 years with two of Debussy's great orchestral masterpieces and a rarely heard work by Lili Boulanger dating from 1918, the year of her death. The National Youth Orchestra of Canada was formed in 1960 by Walter Susskind to prepare young Canadian musicians as professional orchestral players. They bring a new commission by the prominent Canadian composer John Estacio inspired by lunar tides on Earth which lends itself to a cinematic style currently being set to film. Their programme also includes the evergreen Appalachian Spring, perhaps Copland's most quintessentially American work. It was a collaboration with the dancer Martha Graham for a ballet which was premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and is probably his both well-loved masterpiece. They end their programme with Vaughan William's pastoral Symphony considered by some as the composer's 'war 'requiem'. It is largely quiet and largely elegiac in mood and suggests an infinite sadness for the slaughter of many young lives.
Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps
Debussy: La Mer
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3
National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Symphony Orchestra
Paul Daniel, conductor
National Youth Orchestra of Canada
John Darlington, conductor
Marjorie Maltais, soprano