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Strings, Sea, Symphony

Antonio Pappano conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Elgar's Sea Pictures, Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra and Vaughan Williams's Symphony No 4.

Although the three works in this concert are English, composed within a span of less than half a century, their expressive diversity is vast. Elgar's 1894 song-cycle Sea Pictures, setting texts evoking the fear of and fascination of the sea, is in lush late-Romantic style. From the brink of World War II, Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra draws on an eclectic range of musical styles from Elizabethan madrigals and Italian baroque music to folk songs and jazz. Premiered in 1935, Vaughan Williams' Symphony No 4 is harsh, dissonant and tense, seemingly reflecting the oppressive, ever-present threat of war during the 1930s.

Live from London's Barbican Hall, presented by Martin Handley.

Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Elgar: Sea Pictures

Interval

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 4

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Antonio Pappano (conductor)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Michael Tippett

    Concerto for Double String Orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
  • Edward Elgar

    Sea Pictures

    Performer: Karen Cargill. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
  • William Mathias

    Missa brevis

    Performer: Jonathan Vaughn. Choir: Wells Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Owen Rees.
    • HYPERION.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No 4

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
  • Judith Weir

    Piano Trio

    Performer: William Howard. Ensemble: The Schubert Ensemble.
  • Jonathan Dove

    The End

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Singer: Mark Padmore. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMU 807566.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
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