Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; English Idylls

May

07

Thursday

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Wasps: Overture
DELIUS Piano Concerto
BUTTERWORTH The Banks of the Green Willow
ELGAR Enigma Variations

Christoph Altstaedt Conductor
Mark Bebbington Piano

Vaughan Williams delightfully English The Wasps Overture opens the evening with zest and charm. Delius Piano Concerto, a piece that blends red-blooded Romanticism with pastoral-like gentleness, a tradition emulated in Butterworths The Banks of the Green Willow, a gorgeous exploration of a traditional folk theme.
A timeless bastion of English Romanticism, Elgars Enigma Variations is regarded as one of the greatest pieces of music originating in the British Isles. A set of musical dedications to his friends, the mysterious main theme, the Enigma, remains unstated throughout, leaving the intrigue of this magnificent work a mystery up to this day.
This concert is kindly supported by the Delius Trust.

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