The first of our two programmes featured Mahler’s 4th Symphony (or part of it because of its length) – a delightful, almost Schubertian work recalling Mahler’s childhood and finishing with melodies from another work “The Youth’s Magic Horn” in which Mahler imagines a child’s view of heaven. Other shorter woks were a selection of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Copland’s Appalcahian Spring (which had absolutely nothing to do with Spring in the Appalachian Mountains) and “O Fortuna” which book-ended Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana - first as a ballet and ending as a concert piece for choir and orchestra. An added feature was that all works were recordings by youth orchestras and/or choirs.
Our second programme opened with an Overture by New Zealand composer Dougals Lilburn written to celebrate the centenary of The Waitangi Treaty – New Zealand’s founding document. The major work was Mozart’s Grand Sestetto Concertante – an arrangement for sextet of his earlier Grand Sinfonie Concertante, Schubert’s Offertorium written to accompany the procession of the gifts in the Christian celebration of the Mass, a short work by Bach – a musical offering for Prussian king Frederick the Great based on impromptus for a melody given him by the king, and finally a quartet for English Horn by contemporary French composer Jean Francaix.
All in all, a wonderful mixed bag spanning the centuries. Links to the music recordings and the session notes are available below.
Friday 8th October
Mahler Symphony No.4 (Movements 1 & 4)
Mahler Symphony No 4 (Complete)
Dvorak Slavonic Dances
Copland Appalachian Spring
Orff Carmina Burana O Fortuna Ballet
Orff Carmina Burana Choir
Friday 22nd October
Mozart Grande Sestetto Concertante
Bach Musical Offering - Ricercar 3
Francaix Horn Quartet