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Brabbins conducts Britten

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a programme of British music, with soloists Steven Hudson on oboe and Jess Gillam on saxophone.

Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, Nicola Heywood Thomas presents a concert of British music by three eminent composers: Benjamin Britten, Colin Matthews and Richard Blackford. Blackford's sweeping oboe concerto, The Better Angels of Our Nature, opens the programme, written in 2014 and inspired by Abraham Lincoln's inaugural address, from which it gets it's title. The concert then heads back in time to Britten's Opus 1, his Sinfonietta, which he wrote while still a student at the Royal College of Music. Despite being only 18, the engaging and original piece belies his early years and certainly marked him out for the great things to come in his career. The Sinfonietta was dedicated to Britten's most inspiring teacher, Frank Bridge, and so it is apt that the final two works should be from someone who Britten influenced greatly, his assistant, Colin Matthews. The first piece, Matthews' arrangement of Britten's Temporal Variations, was made in 1994 for oboe and string orchestra, and is heard tonight in a version for alto saxophone and strings. The concert concludes with a work of the same year titled ...through the glass, a thought provoking work for chamber ensemble loosely based on Edmund Blunden's poem The Midnight Skaters.

Blackford: The Better Angels Of Our Nature
Britten: Sinfonietta, Op 1

8.10pm
Interval Music

8.30pm
Britten arr. Matthews: Temporal Variations
Matthews: …through the glass

Steven Hudson (oboe)
Jess Gillam (saxophone)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

2 hours, 28 minutes

Last on

Fri 5 Feb 2021 19:30

Music Played

  • Richard Blackford

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    Performer: Steven Hudson. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Sinfonietta, Op 1

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Hymn of Jesus, Op 37

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Choir: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Choir: Gloucester Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Temporal Variations

    Music Arranger: Colin Matthews. Performer: Jess Gillam. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Colin Matthews

    ...through the glass

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 16

    Performer: Beatrice Rana. Orchestra: Orchestra of Santa Cecilia. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerts.
    • Warner.
    • 001.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on a Theme by Haydn

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • WARNER.

Broadcast

  • Fri 5 Feb 2021 19:30