Sounds of Nobility
The Sarasota Orchestra will be holding three evenings of Sounds of Nobility. The evenings will be this February at the SCF Neel Performance Art Center and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. World-renowned British composer Bramwell Tovey will be the guest conductor for these evenings alongside guest soloists Simone Porter on the violin and Joshua Roman on the cello. The evenings consist of classical works from critically acclaimed composers Louis-Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, and Sir William Turner Walton. Berlioz’s Rob Roy Overture will generate a warm melodic tone while Walton’s Symphony No. 1 embodies a grim, heart-aching theme. Brahm’s Double Concerto presents a dark but majestic tone throughout the work, accompanied by a violin and cello soloist.
Bramwell Tovey is a Grammy and Juno award-winning conductor and is the Principal Conductor of the B.B.C. Concert Orchestra. As of January of 2019, Tovey has assumed the role of Artistic Director of Calgary Opera, one of Canada’s leading companies in newly commissioned mainstage works. Tovey made his operatic debut in 1984 by conducting Puccini’s Tosca alongside Leonie Rysanek in the title role at the Cape Town Opera. Tovey’s international career began in the summer of 1986 after receiving an invitation from renowned American composer Leonard Bernstein to attend his classes and rehearsals with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tovey continues to captivate audiences internationally with his distinguishing melodic performances.
Louis-Hector Berlioz’s Rob Roy Overture will be the opening piece of this virtuous program. Berlioz’s overture is of lesser-known origins and is a collection of his orchestral scores. Unfortunately, Berlioz discarded this overture after its poor reception in Paris. Although Berlioz’s Rob Roy Overture was poorly received, the composition contains intriguing characteristics that were reutilized in some of Berlioz’s later works like Harold in Italy and would gain international recognition.
Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto illustrates some of his most powerful and dramatic ideas for symphonic compositions. Brahms completed his Double Concerto in the summer of 1877 and is comprised of woodwinds, four horns, two trumpets, timpani, and string instruments. Brahms composed this concerto as a peace offering to his longtime friend Joseph Joachim after Brahms attempted to restore Joachim’s marriage, which resulted in Joachim’s divorce. The concerto’s opening movement illustrates a dark but majestic tone while the second movement presents a tender aura. The third movement continues the theme of the second movement. The movement presents a warm melodic tone played by violins and cellos in unison. The final movement presents dynamic rhythms similar to Gypsy music.
Sir William Turner Walton began writing his Symphony No. 1 in 1933 after acquiring critical success with works like Facade and Belshazzar’s Feast. However, Walton struggled to compose the symphony but completed the symphony’s first three movements. Walton found he could not write a satisfactory fourth movement and eventually debut his unfinished symphony in London in 1934. Walton’s unfinished work was well received by the audience and gave Walton the motivation to compose the final movement. Many have discussed the inclusion of the fourth movement. Some find the movement dissatisfactory and others welcome the movement inclusion into the symphony. In conclusion, the fourth movement’s atmosphere does not provide the same intensity as the other three movements but most individuals welcome the final movements incorporation.
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