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Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Antonio Pappano conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No 1 - with soloist Janine Jansen, & Dvorak's Slavonic Dances.

Fiona Talkington presents a concert given by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and conductor Antonio Pappano in Friedrichshafen last June.

The concert begins with Wagner's love-song for his second wife, Cosima - Siegfried Idyll. Wagner composed the piece as a birthday present for her after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning the next year by a small ensemble of musicians on the stairs of their Swiss villa. It's said that Cosima awoke to its opening melody. Awwwww....

The orchestra is then joined by Dutch violinist Janine Jansen for a performance of Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No.1 - considered one of the very first modern violin concertos. It rejects traditional tonality and romantic aesthetics. Composed in 1916, the likely inspiration for the piece was "Noc Majowa", a poem by the Polish poet Tadeusz Miciński. Although the concerto doesn't follow or duplicate the poem, Szymanowski's ecstatic, sumptuous music is an ideal companion to Miciński's language:

"All the birds pay tribute to me
for today I wed a goddess.
And now we stand by the lake in crimson blossom
in flowing tears of joy, with rapture and fear,
burning in amorous conflagration."

During the interval we'll hear Nadia Boulanger's 1909 song-cycle "Les Heures claires" sung by mezzo-soprano Melinda Paulson with pianist Angela Gassenhuber.

In the second half of the concert, the orchestra plays Dvorak's second set of Slavonic Dances, Op.72. These lively pieces, are full of national character and really helped put Dvorak's name on the musical map. Contrary to what the title, the dances are not so much inspired by Slavic folk music as such, but rather by styles and forms from Bohemia.

To end the programme, we'll hear Swedish trombone virtuoso Christian Lindberg in a recording of Gordon Jacob's Trombone Concerto, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Grant Llewellyn.

19:30
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No.1

Janine Jansen (violin)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Antonio Pappano (conductor)

20:20
Nadia Boulanger: Les Heures claires

Melinda Paulson (mezzo-soprano)
Angela Gassenhuber (piano)

20:45
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op.72

Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Antonio Pappano (conductor)

21:35
Gordon Jacob: Trombone Concerto

Christian Lindberg (trombone)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Grant Llewellyn (conductor)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried Idyll

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Violin Concerto No.1, Op.35

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
  • Lili Boulanger

    Nocture for violin & piano

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    Les Heures Claires

    Performer: Angela Gassenhuber. Singer: Melinda Paulsen.
    • TROUBADISC.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dances, Op.72

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
  • Gordon Jacob

    Trombone Concerto

    Performer: Christian Lindberg. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Grant Llewellyn.
    • BIS.
  • Howard Goodall

    Beatitude V 'Beati misericordes'

    Choir: Enchanted Voices.
    • Howard Goodall's Enchanted Voices.
    • Universal.
    • 7.

Broadcast

  • Mon 20 Apr 2020 19:30

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