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Largo to Presto

An unpresented sequence of music, starting slowly and gradually gathering speed.

An unpresented sequence of music, starting slowly and gradually gathering speed.

The mix begins with Nico Muhly's dreamy "Slow Canons", then finds a slightly faster pulse with an andante movement from Vaughan Williams, before moving on to a waltz marked "moderato" from Tchaikovsky.

The pace picks up with the allegretto first movement of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto no. 1, followed by the (relatively) "fast" final movement of Steve Reich's "Mallet Quartet". Then up a gear with Dinicu's lively "Hora Staccato" , to the final flourish - Debussy's virtuosic "Toccata" for piano.

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Wed 22 May 2019 19:00

Music Played

  • Nico Muhly

    Four Studies: Mov. 3, 'Slow Canons'

    Performer: Nico Muhly. Performer: Angela Chan. Performer: Jennifer Chun.
    • Philip Glass / Nico Muhly.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 003.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Tuba Concerto in F minor (2nd mvt)

    Performer: James Gourlay. Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.
    • British Tuba Concertos: James Gourlay/Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland.
    • Naxos.
    • 8.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Serenade for Strings, Op 48 (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: Concertgebouw Kamerorkest. Conductor: Marco Boni.
    • Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings etc.: Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra/Boni.
    • Pentatone Classics.
    • 2.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Cello concerto No 1 op 107: i. Allegretto

    Performer: Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
    • Inspiration.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Steve Reich

    Mallet Quartet: III. Fast

    Ensemble: Colin Currie Group.
    • Colin Currie & Steve Reich Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton.
    • Colin Currie Records.
    • 105.
  • Grigoras Dinicu

    Hora staccato arr Mondvay for cimbalom and ensemble

    Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Performer: Emilia Kopatchinskaja. Performer: Victor Kopatchinsky. Performer: Martin Gjakonovski. Performer: Mihaela Ursuleasa.
    • Rapsodia.
    • Naive.
    • 18.
  • Claude Debussy

    Pour le piano (Toccata)

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Debussy, Preludes etc.: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 21.

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