MARTIN Passacaille (12’)
BRITTEN Les Illuminations (24’)
PURCELL arr MANZE Prelude to the Bell Anthem, Z 46 (02’)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No 5 (39’)
ANDREW MANZE – Conductor
SARAH FOX – Soprano
Swiss composer Frank Martin’s arrangement for strings of his organ Passacaglia – a set of variations on a ground bass – prefaces two English masterpieces. Often heard these days with a tenor soloist, Benjamin Britten wrote his songcycle with its brilliant illumination of Rimbaud poetry for Swiss soprano Sophie Wyss. After its hallucinatory restlessness, there’s a more serene tone to Vaughan Williams’ most radiant symphony, incorporating music from his opera The Pilgrim’s Progress. Andrew Manze has been making his mark with Vaughan Williams in Scotland; now he brings his symphonic approach to the SCO.
CONNECT INSIGHTS: 6.30pm
SCO musicians Alison Green (Sub-Principal Bassoon), Peter Franks (Principal Trumpet) and Dr Jane Stanley (University of Glasgow) discuss their work with SCO ReConnect, our programme for people living with dementia.