RVW ‘Inspirations’(C5)


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Concert 5 – Ralph Vaughan Williams ‘Inspirations’

Sunday 26 August, 12 noon

The Vaughan Williams Ensemble 

Hannah Dawson, violin | Jack Liebeck, violin | Rita Manning, violin | Robin Ashwell, viola | Cara Berridge, cello | Anna Tilbrook, piano | Paul Turner, piano

Jean Sibelius String Trio in G minor

Ralph Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folk Song 

Herbert Howells Fantasy String Quartet Op. 25

Max Bruch Four Pieces, Op. 83

The music of Sibelius was of enormous inspiration to RVW, so much so in fact, RVW dedicated his fifth symphony to the Finnish composer. In this concert, we hear the single movement String Trio by Sibelius and following RVW’s charming Six Studies in English Folksong and the atmospheric Fantasy String Quartet by Howells, the concert concludes with another source of inspiration for RVW, namely that of Max Bruch, with whom RVW spent a fruitful three-month period of study in Berlin. The delightful ‘Four Pieces’ by Max Bruch are from the set of Eight Pieces Op 83, and in this concert, we hear them in the version for Violin, Viola and Piano.

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