English Elegance

Pärt: Cantus in Memorium Benjamin Britten
Edward Elgar: Concerto for Cello, Op. 85 E minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony no. 5 in D Major

October 15, 2018
Moncton: Capitol Theatre
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October 16, 2018
Fredericton: The Playhouse
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October 17, 2018
Saint John: Imperial Theatre
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Bravo series concerts are preceded by a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm. Performance begins at 7:30pm.

Program Notes

The concert begins with Estonian composer Arvo Part’s Cantus in Memorium Benjamin Britten, an evocative work written in response to the death of notable British composer Benjamin Britten.

The Elgar Cello Concerto is a work that possesses the deeply personal expression of a man whose attitudes were changed upside down following World War I.

Elgar spent much of the war years in near depression, mourning not only the devastation that had overtaken Europe but also how far his sympathies lay from the world as it had evolved. Despite this, he still managed to write this rich and noble work, which would turn out to be his last and most reputable work.

The concert will close with Vaughan Williams’ serene Fifth Symphony, a work that stands at the summit of the composer’s achievements. This work conforms to the most common image of Ralph William, that of a comfortable English pastoralist.