Musicians from the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra will be hoping that the July sun will chase away any thoughts of the ‘frozen north’ when they perform their latest concert at All Saints Church, Leamington Spa, on Saturday 2 July at 7.30pm.
‘Scenes from the Baltic’ includes masterpieces from Russia and Scandinavia including the Helios Overture by Nielsen, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 2 and Sibelius’ fifth symphony. We will be warmed by the description of sunrise over the Greek Aegean, ready for the cold blasts of the Russian and Finnish landscapes.
Nielsen’s Helios Overture was written in 1903 and is one of his most famous pieces, as it is such a wonderful showpiece for orchestras. It was written during a stay in Athens whilst his wife, a sculptor, was one of the first people allowed to make copies of some of the works in the Acropolis Museum.
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor was composed in 1872 and was nicknamed the ‘Little Russian’ because of his use of three Ukrainian folk songs in the work. At the time, Ukraine was frequently called ‘Little Russia’.
Sibelius’s Symphony No 5 in E flat major is a hugely-loved orchestral work whose motifs have been appropriated by a number of pop songs. Composed in 1915, to mark Sibelius’ 50th birthday, declared a national holiday in Finland, it showcases much of Sibelius’s signature orchestral style, with consonant sonorities, woodwind lines in parallel thirds and rich melodic development.
The concert the final one of the orchestra’s 76th season, is conducted by Roger Coull, WSO Principal Conductor. Raymond Joyce, Chair of WSO and principal horn player said, ‘We are pleased to welcome back Roger for our last concert of the season. This is a glorious concert of fabulous orchestral music and it is a real treat to play two major symphonies in one concert. We are looking forward to bringing them to All Saints Church, Leamington Spa in what promises to be an excellent concert.’
Tickets are £12 (£5 concessions) and are available from Presto Classical in Leamington, from www.wso.org.uk or by calling the ticket secretary on 01926 850385.