Sibelius Finlandia
Sibelius Violin Concerto
Elgar Symphony No.2

Conductor Edward Gardner
Violin Valeriy Sokolov

“Rarely, rarely, comest thou, Spirit of Delight!” Edward Elgar headed his Second Symphony with a quote from Shelley – but some say that you can see the line of the Malvern Hills in its sweeping opening theme. Edward Gardner is quickly emerging as one of our finest living interpreters of Elgar, so forget the knighthood, the moustache and the tweed jacket, and prepare to hear England’s greatest composer baring his very soul, amidst great surging waves of golden sound.

The Ukrainian violinist Valeriy Sokolov, meanwhile, has yet to turn thirty – but this self-proclaimed “natural born fiddler” has already won global acclaim. His sound has been compared to “silk and steel”; so he could have been born to play Sibelius’s Nordic epic of a violin concerto. Finlandia, meanwhile, is more than just a brand of vodka: a neat shot of Sibelius at his most stirring will get the evening off to a truly intoxicating start!

Pre Concert Talk

Woods-Scawen Room 6.15pm £2.50
Subscribers £1.50
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In conversation with Edward Gardner.