Vaughn Williams – 6 studies of English Folk (1926)
Elgar – Violin sonata in E minor, Op.82
Bridge – Piano Trio no.1 in C minor ‘Phantasie Trio’ (1900)
They used to call England “the land without music” – but at the dawn of the twentieth century, a handful of great composers changed all that.
This afternoon’s concert paints an intimate portrait of a quiet revolution, whether it’s Vaughan Williams drawing fresh poetry from the virgin soil of English folksong, or Edward Elgar laying bare the darkest secrets of his soul in his impassioned Violin Sonata. There are no stiff upper lips in this music, or in the wonderful First Piano Trio by Frank Bridge; music of soaring romance and rapturous beauty from a true English original, better known as Benjamin Britten’s favourite teacher. You’ll wonder why you haven’t heard it before!