Farrenc Andante con Variazione (Nonet) (8’)
Mazzoli Dissolve, Oh My Heart (8’)
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (26’)
Haydn Symphony No 104 in D major ‘London’ (29’)
An evening of contrasts which sees us welcome back three brilliant musicians.
The programme opens with a movement from Louise Farrenc’s charming, genial Nonet.
Not every piece of classical music emerges from late-night conversations over Chinese food, but that is how Breaking the Waves composer Missy Mazzoli describes the genesis of her 2011 violin solo. The piece is possibly best described as a contemporary musical conversation with Bach’s heartbreaking Chaconne from the famous Partita in D minor.
The origins of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings are perhaps more familiar. Composed during World War II, it sets to music a selection of six poems by some of the most famous names in literature, including Tennyson, Keats and Blake. Its opening and closing sequence of softly intoned horn calls evoke a twilight atmosphere of stillness and sadness.
To end, we turn to Joseph Haydn’s acclaimed final symphony, the ‘London’. It’s not known whether it was the composer’s intention that this symphony would be his last, but everything about it certainly makes a bold statement.
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, South Street, St Andrews