SCO play Vaughan Williams Symphony No 5

January 27, 2016 in by mwhiteside

Event Details

SCO perform new commission by Haflidi Hallgrimmson

Introduction and Allegro (14’)
Five Songs for Soprano and Orchestra (c.30’)
SCO Commission: World Premiere
Symphony No 5 (39’)

A new work by celebrated Icelandic composer Hafliði Hallgrímsson takes English literature as its foundation, forming a song cycle based on poetry by E.E. Cummings, Christina Rosetti and William Blake. The brilliant Finnish soprano Helena Juntunen delivers the deeply emotional lyrics.

One of Vaughan Williams’ most tranquil works, his Symphony No 5, conjures tonal images of the English countryside and often alludes to the sounds of Elizabethan polyphony. The concert opens with Elgar’s richly melodic Introduction and Allegro, a heartfelt tribute to the ‘sweet borderland’ of Herefordshire where the composer was living at the time. The concert is conducted by the wonderfully sympathetic John Storgårds.