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Wagner and German Classics

Saturday 12th October 2013, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

David Calow - Conductor

Dana Morgan - Flute

Strauss and Brahms in Oundle

Saturday 23rd November 2013, 7.30pm

St. Peter’s Church, Oundle

Paul Hilliam - Conductor

Rita Cullis - Soprano

Tchaikovsky and the Violin

Saturday 8th March 2014, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Paul Hilliam - Conductor

David le Page – Violin

Elgar and Mozart in Oakham

Saturday 10th May 2014, 7.30pm

Oakham School Chapel

Paul Hilliam - Conductor

Nick Taylor - Piano

Wagner - Die Meistersinger Prelude to Act1

Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor

                                                    (arranged for Flute)

Schumann - Symphony No.4 in D minor

Schubert - Overture to ‘Rosamunde’

Richard Strauss - Four Last Songs

Brahms - Symphony No.4 in E minor

Dvorák - The Noon Day Witch

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto

Shostakovich - Symphony No.9 in E flat

Vaughan Williams - Overture ‘The Wasps’

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.23 K488

Elgar- Symphony No.1 in A flat

We start our season by marking the important bicentenary of the birth of Richard Wagner. The Prelude to ‘The Mastersingers’ is one of his most joyous creations with a colourful portrayal of the Guilds of Nuremberg, the lovers Eva and Walther, the Apprentices and the Prize Song Competition.

Then in true Sinfonia tradition we present a different version of a well known classic. Mendelssohn’s E minor Violin Concerto was arranged for Flute in the late 19th Century and we welcome Dana Morgan as our soloist. Dana studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and is now an international performer and freelance soloist, constantly trying to discover new repertoire for the flute, whether championing new works, or, as in this case, a transcription. The concert will conclude with Schumann’s majestic Fourth Symphony which, unusually for the time, was conceived with the four movements linking together.

St. Peter’s Church, renowned for its superb acoustic, will again provide the ideal venue for this wonderful collection of classical favourites. We are privileged to welcome internationally acclaimed soprano Rita Cullis who will be joining the Sinfonia in the evocative ‘Four Last Songs’ by Richard Strauss. These works are from the twilight of the composer’s career but the romantic settings of words by Hesse and Eichendorff show Strauss still at the height of his powers.

The concert will begin with Schubert’s most popular concert overture. The drama “Rosamunde” was a failure when premiered in 1823 but Schubert’s music was amongst his best work and has remained so ever since. We follow our performances of Brahms’ Third Symphony last season with his Fourth Symphony to conclude the concert. In a work full of romantic power and emotion we see the composer looking back at the work of J S Bach in the Finale.

In a concert full of contrasts we begin our second visit to the Chapel at Oakham School with one of the great symphonic poems by Dvorák. Dvorák was a much loved composer in late Victorian England and the work was premiered in London under the baton of Henry Wood in 1896.

International performer David le Page makes a welcome return as soloist with the Sinfonia, this time with Tchaikovsky’s virtuoso Violin Concerto. David studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and was a prize winner in both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Yehudi Menuhin competition. We conclude the concert with Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony. Don’t be put off by this composer or this work; it was written to celebrate the end of World War 2 in 1945 and is full of memorable tunes! A critic at the time wrote: “A marvellous symphony. The finale is splendid in its joie de vivre, gaiety, brilliance, and pungency!!” If you thought all of Shostakovich’s symphonies were long, dark and brooding, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised!

Our Season Finale will begin with a real favourite of English orchestral music; the overture to “The Wasps” by Vaughan Williams. The composer’s trademark folk-inspired melodies are all here whether they be pastoral vistas or stirring marches and all prefaced by the buzzing of the wasps on the strings! We then welcome Stamford-based Nick Taylor as our soloist in Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concerto. This is a concerto full of contrasting emotions with the slow movement in F sharp minor showing Mozart at his most melancholy.

A season finale wouldn’t be complete without something really special to bring it to a satisfying conclusion. To that end we will perform the first symphony by Sir Edward Elgar, the composer most associated with the Rutland Sinfonia. It is a major work and a challenge for any orchestra with its noble main theme and Elgarian swagger but a fitting finale to a great season.

Sunday 15th June 2014 
The Rutland Sinfonia will be performing at ‘Mobilisation’ the First World War Centenary event 
at Kendrew Barracks from 1pm.

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The Elgar Society