Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Corelli Concerto Grosso in F major, Op. 6 No. 2
Elizabeth Maconchy Suite for Strings in E minor
Tippett Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Ben Goldscheider horn
Thomas Walker tenor
Bath Festival Orchestra
Peter Manning conductor
Tonight, the Bath Festival Orchestra goes back to its roots, recreating one of its original programmes which was conducted by Michael Tippett with concertmaster Yehudi Menuhin, the founder of the Orchestra.
That concert featured Tippett’s Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, a seductive, radiant piece that climbs from darkness to light, alongside the hugely influential Concerto Grosso that inspired it.
Completing the line-up was Britten’s breakthrough piece Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, an affectionate musical portrait of his much-admired teacher.
And to that original programme tonight’s concert adds two pieces, giving a pleasingly symmetrical arch to this celebration of English classical music’s mid-century modern heyday. Britten’s Serenade, with its haunting prelude and prologue for solo horn, is an evocative setting of poems about the night as bringer of both tranquillity and malevolence.
And at the heart of the programme is the Suite for Strings by Britten’s contemporary and friend Elizabeth Maconchy.
Duration: approx. 2 hours (incl. interval)
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Bath Festival Orchestra 2022-23 series
The Bath Festival Orchestra performs four concerts at Cadogan Hall this season with music including Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto and a recreation of one of its original programmes from the 1960s which was conducted by Michael Tippett with concertmaster and founder of the orchestra Yehudi Menuhin.Read more about this series