Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
Laurence Olivier's film of Henry V broke new ground in several artistic aspects; not least of these was Walton's score, which brilliantly achieved a convincing “period” feel. The movements of the concert suite are arranged in a neat, symmetrical arch, packed with beautiful tunes – rousing, tender and melancholy. For all its warmth, melodic generosity and seeming spaciousness, Vaughan Williams’ Fifth Symphony is also an intricate, highly sophisticated work. The tonal ambiguity of its opening is ultimately resolved in radiant orchestral polyphony, recalling the spirit of the Elizabethan choral masters.
All BSO concerts this autumn will be available to watch from home, as digital livestream concerts direct from Lighthouse. Book your digital ticket here via the BSO website. All concerts start at 7.30pm.