Tag: Music from Wyastone

Tchaikovsky String Quartet

Tchaikovsky was a composer with a pragmatic outlook to arrangements . Tchaikovsky composed relatively little chamber music, but his First String Quartet yielded a huge hit, the Andante Cantabile, based on a folk song Tchaikovsky had heard while visiting his sister. Tchaikovsky quickly saw the commercial potential of this movement as a stand-alone item when Leo Tolstoy burst into tears at the work’s première: “Probably never in my life have I been so moved by the pride of authorship as when Lev Tolstoy, sitting by me and listening to the Andante of my Quartet, burst into tears.”

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The music of Saxton & Sawyers

Philip Sawyers, the ESO’s Composer Laureate, was the first composer to feature in the orchestra’s acclaimed 21st Century Symphony Project. Written in 2020, Remembrance for Strings is a touching meditation on loss, based on themes from Sawyers’ tone poem based on the paintings of Samuel Palmer, The Valley of Vision.

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Sibelius – Symphony No.7

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius composed his last symphony, the Seventh, in 1924. Though he would live another 33 years after its completion, he would never again complete a symphony. This remarkable work unfolds in a single, unbroken musical span of about twenty minutes, yet it depicts a musical drama of truly epic proportions. This May 2021 performance by the English Symphony Orchestra marked the first time the orchestra’s full symphonic forces were brought together since the outbreak of the covid pandemic, and the atmosphere of the sessions had a particular degree of intensity as a result. With this performance, the orchestra embarked on a multi-year project to explore, perform and record all the Sibelius symphonies, with No. 6 planned for spring 2022, alongside Sibelius’ final orchestral work, the symphonic poem Tapiola.

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Bluebeard’s Castle

The ESO complete their first year of Music from Wyastone virtual concerts with a concert performance of Bartók’s one-act opera, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, written in 1911.

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