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Natalie Murray-Beale Conductor
Thomas Gould Violin
Haydn Symphony No.49 in F Minor (Passione)
Vaughan Williams Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik Serenade K525
Haydn Symphony No.45 in F Sharp Minor (Farewell)
BPO’s guest conductor for this concert is Natalie Murray-Beale. Currently Creative Director of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, Natalie was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and was selected by Dallas Opera for their inaugural Institute for Women Conductors.
British violinist Thomas Gould joins the stage for Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, a regular Classic FM top ten that depicts the soaring song of a skylark over fields of English corn. Thomas has an unusually broad repertoire that includes many contemporary works.
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus for strings and harp is based on folk tunes collected by Vaughan Williams, and contains sumptuous string writing in its sweeping melodies.
Another Classic FM favourite is Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, a string serenade written whilst Mozart was composing his opera Don Giovanni. It was almost certainly a commission though not published until well after Mozart’s death. It later gained its title of A little night music.
The programme starts and ends with two Haydn symphonies both from his ‘Sturm and Drang’ period, a movement that took place in German art celebrating ‘storm and stress’. Symphony No.49 gained its title Passione as a direct result of the movement. Haydn’s Farewell Symphony is perhaps best-known because of the circumstances of its composition, with Haydn appealing to his employer to allow the court musicians to return to their families. In the final movement the players leave the stage one by one until only two violins and the conductor remain. The point was taken and the court returned the next day.