Britten | Night Mail. End Sequence
Beethoven | Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Beethoven | Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto received little notice at the time of its premiere in 1806. However, upon being revived by Mendelssohn and performed by then 12-year-old virtuoso, Joseph Joachim in 1844, it has become one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire. In the hands of London-based virtuoso, Alexander Sitkovetsky, it will be a performance not-to-be missed. Beethoven’s sunny Symphony No. 6 was given the title, the ‘Pastoral,' for its sweeping melodies and programmatic emphases. We open with a short work by British composer, Benjamin Britten from a 1936 film documentary entitled the 'Night Mail.' The documentary was the first of several collaborations between British poet, WH Auden, and Benjamin Britten for the General Post Office Film Unit. It will feature APT actor, James Ridge, narrating the End Sequence, a poem concerning the London to Glasgow night mail train.
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