Talk 6:30pm Concert 7:30pm

Lakeland Sinfonia
Saturday 21st March 2020

This is one of our 6 subscription series concerts, and is included within a member’s subscription ticket.

Overview: Tonight’s ‘chronological’ concert features Purcell’s, music for ‘Abdelazer’, with one of its melodies famous as the one Benjamin Britten ‘borrowed’ for his ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’.

Bach wrote his well-loved Double Violin Concerto somewhere between 1717 and 1723  while Haydn’s 86th Symphony was one of a set of 6 written for performances in Paris in the 1780’s. Full of a ‘joie de vivre’, it shows that even after 86 symphonies Haydn’s creativity was not diminishing.

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto (1803) has been described as relaxed, expansive and agreeable, words not often connected with most of Beethoven’s output. So, sit back, relax and enjoy some serene, likable and rather different Beethoven.

Wyn Davies conducts the Lakeland Sinfonia and Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch

Purcell: Incidental Music for Abdelazar
J.S.Bach: Concerto for Two Violins, BWV 1041-3
Haydn: Symphony No. 86
BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano, op. 56

For our penultimate concert we welcome back our own Lakeland Sinfonia for a programme of four works from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The orchestra is joined by the celebrated Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch. Founded in 2009, the trio comprises three of the finest international instrumentalists performing today. Hagai Shaham plays violin, Arnon Erez the piano, and Raphael Wallfisch the cello. The trio have performed, broadcast and recorded widely throughout Europe and Israel, giving concerts in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Israel and Spain.  Similarly, they have been chosen by the Wigmore Hall to present the complete Beethoven piano trios in 2020, Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year.

Our conductor for the evening is Wyn Davies , the Director of Music to New Zealand Opera,  who has worked extensively with top orchestras in both northern and southern hemispheres, and of course with the Lakeland Sinfonia.

We begin with Henry Purcell (1659-95), one of the greatest English composers, with his 1695 composition ‘Incidental Music for Abdelazar’. The music was for a 1676 play by Aphra Behn, England’s first female writer to make a living from her art. Before starting to write plays her career included being employed by Charles II as a spy, and spending some time at his majesty’s pleasure in prison.  She was a literary role model for Virginia Woolf, and is deservedly buried in Westminster Abbey. One of Purcell’s 10 movements has a theme later used by Benjamin Britten in his Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Purcell died prematurely soon after completing the work, catching a chill after being locked out by his wife, allegedly, or perhaps from tuberculosis. He also is buried in Westminster Abbey.

We will also be entertained by another Baroque work, this time one of the most famous works by J.S.Bach (1685-1750). His Concerto for Two Violins, written around 1717, gives us the pleasure of listening to two soloists at the same time. They will be Hagai Shaham of the Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch, and the Leader of the Lakeland Sinfonia Orchestra Martin Hughes. Martin was formerly leader of the string section of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and also the Royal Conservatoire, and has made many radio and TV appearances.

Haydn (1732-1809) was known as The Father of the Symphony; he was a friend of Mozart and was also Beethoven’s tutor.  We can assume he liked symphonies, since he wrote a mere 106 of them! Tonight we enjoy his 86th from 1786, which was written to be performed in Paris. We finish the night with a piece that was highly innovative when it was composed in 1803, being the first work to combine a piano trio with an orchestra. It is Beethoven’s (1770-1827) Triple Concerto for violin, cello  and piano. Happy 250th birthday Ludwig van Beethoven!