Julia Hagen ©
Tue 17 May 2022 - 8 pm & Wed 18 May 2022 - 8 pm | Konzerthaus Berlin & Philharmonie Berlin

The English way

Sir Andrew Davis & Julia Hagen

Ecstasy with understatement – Elgar's magnificent Cello Concerto. An earnest gentleman turns 150 – Vaughan Williams. Last but not least – insider tip: Tippett!

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Programme

Michael Tippett Kleine Musik für Streichorchester

Edward Elgar Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester e-Moll op. 85

Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphonie Nr. 5 D-Dur

Cast

Sir Andrew Davis - Conductor

Julia Hagen - Violoncello

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Concert with

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The English way

Twice or perhaps thrice may the well-informed music lover who sees this program sigh in relief: finally! Of course, at the latest since Jacqueline du Pré performed the Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar, the work has been considered a titanic musical achievement. But what about Symphony No. 5 (1938-1943) by English gentleman Ralph Vaughan Williams? Does the indication of D major in an expansive mid-20th century work reveal anything about the “progressiveness” of this music? One of its strongest advocates, Sir Andrew Davis, presents his compatriot’s work in his first appearance with the RSB. It should be noted that modernism has always been more modest on the British Isles compared to continental Europe. This also applies to the composer Michael Tippett, who is related to Benjamin Britten in spirit (and not only regarding pacifism). The Little Music for String Orchestra (1946) does not seek to cause an upheaval. It plays with crystalline clarity through familiar figures from baroque string artistry, in a bath of dreamy sunlight.

Ticket information

Tue 17 May 2022 - 8 pm Konzerthaus Berlin

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Wed 18 May 2022 - 8 pm Philharmonie Berlin

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