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The Lark Ascending & Vaughan Williams Symphonies

 19 April 2012 at 7.30 pm 

The Lark Ascending & Vaughan Williams Symphonies

City Halls

Jennifer Pike violin
Andrew Manze conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Continuing his exploration of Vaughan
Williams' symphonies, Andrew Manze
brings the BBC SSO's Thursday Night Series to an inspiring close with this extraordinary
programme that places arguably the two greatest symphonies together. A starker contrast could
hardly be imagined between the warmly sunlit, mystical lyricism of the Fifth and its predecessor,
the angular, turbulent, disturbing Fourth. Between them, all is pastoral balm, with the lark's
exquisite song rising higher and higher over a peaceful English landscape. Outstanding young
violinist Jennifer Pike is the voice of the songbird, and she begins the concert alone, with some
of the greatest violin music by Vaughan Williams's musical love, JS Bach.

J.S Bach : Sonata for unaccompanied violin
Vaughan Williams : Symphony No 4
Vaughan Williams : The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams : Symphony No 5

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