Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 (c.35 Mins)
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony (c.65 Mins)
Steven Osborne Piano
Elizabeth Watts Soprano
Mark Stone Baritone
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Andrew Manze Conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
A ringing fanfare, a shout of acclamation, and a mighty swell of sound: A Sea Symphony took the traditions of British oratorio and opened the floodgates to a spring tide of inspiration. This isn’t just an epic choral seascape; for Vaughan Williams, Walt Whitman’s poetry offered limitless imaginative vistas. Andrew Manze’s BBC SSO Vaughan Williams cycle has been described as “a huge affirmation of Vaughan Williams’ symphonic achievement”; now, in the company of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and two compelling young British singers, what more stirring way to end both the cycle and our season than at the beginning? And don’t forget Steven Osborne’s Beethoven piano concerto cycle which continues with the bold and brilliant First.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Associate Guest Conductor Andrew Manze reflects on the BBC SSO’s complete Vaughan Williams symphony cycle
There will be no coda after this concert.