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Richard Farnes
CONDUCTOR

Jack Liebeck
VIOLIN


RAVEL
Le tombeau de Couperin

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Lark Ascending

ELGAR
Symphony No.2

Elgar described his Second Symphony as “the passionate pilgrimage of a soul” suggesting the music’s predominantly restless and tragic character. It reflects the tension of the time in which it was written – a study of conflict and paradox; exuberance followed by depression, gregariousness followed by withdrawal, optimism giving way to resigned fatalism and a deep nostalgia for vanished times. Although Le tombeau de Couperin is Ravel’s personal memorial to friends lost in the Great War, with each movement dedicated to a fallen comrade, it doesn’t talk directly about the war at all; rather about eternal values: beauty, elegance, the things that we want to preserve… in other words, the opposite of war.

Vaughan Williams’ best loved and most enduring Romance opens almost imperceptibly, out of which the ‘lark’ takes wing, rising, undulating, falling. The music avoids any tonal centre, written without bars allowing the soloist an almost improvisatory freedom to describe the ethereal minstrel. It is a picture of a perfect world; an intensely beautiful and idyllic tableau of English life that may have been lost forever.

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