Sibelius Romance in C
Strauss Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings
Paul Reade Concerto for Flute and Strings
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
Philippa Davies flute
Gonzalo Acosta leader
David Cutts conductor
The second concert by this ensemble dedicated to the string orchestra repertoire. Classical Source’s review of its premiere concert in 2019 hailed ‘a wholly outstanding debut for this new orchestra’.
The programme this time has been formed around Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen, a magnificent work for strings alone and a monument to World War II.
After the interval, Philippa Davies, one of the world’s outstanding flute players, performs the evocative flute concerto by Paul Reade (composer of the highly successful ballet Hobson’s Choice) to mark the 25th anniversary of his death in 1997. His music is wonderfully melodic, haunting and capricious.
The evening finishes with Tchaikovsky’s sparkling Serenade for Strings.
The outstanding string players are led by Gonzalo Acosta, fresh from many years leading the orchestra at ENO.