David Hill conductor
Tasmin Little violin
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Elgar Wand of Youth, Suite No.2
Delius Walk to the Paradise Garden
Vaughan-Williams The Lark Ascending
Elgar Symphony No.1
Elgar’s charming suite, with its music drawn from early teenage material, combines the best of two worlds - innocent melodies, embellished with a 50-year-old’s mastery of delicate orchestration. He opens his First Symphony with one of his most noble and elevating tunes, a motto that infuses the emotional and sweeping flow of this pinnacle of English composition. Taken from the opera A Village Romeo & Juliet, Delius’ warm and sultry orchestral interlude is a portrait of the depth and passion of the lovers’ feelings for one another. The Lark Ascending is redolent of the English countryside. The soloist takes wing from out a murmuring orchestral accompaniment and delights in a flight of exquisite freedom before the mere mortal music falls away, leaving the lark to sing itself into silence.