This concert is focused on British music and celebrates the wide range of its styles from dance to romantic lyricism. After playing Bridge’s light phrases, the violin, viola and piano transcend the melancholy expressed in Clarke’s “Dumka” and get ready for Elgar’s unconditional, restless and dreamy romanticism. Gow’s Reel brings a Scottish touch where dance and music seduce each other.
This ambitious programme also presents a world premiere specially commissioned by the Verbier Festival: multitalented composer Thomas Adès’ latest work.
Three Berceuses from The Exterminating Angel for viola and piano (2018)1
This set of Three Berceuses was arranged for viola and piano by Thomas Adès from his opera The Exterminating Angel. They are based on some of the opera’s most exquisite and memorable music – the first two drawing on the yearning melancholy duets of the doomed lovers Beatriz and Eduardo, the last a version of Silvia’s eerie berceuse macabre from Act III, in which she cradles a dead lamb, thinking she is rocking her son to sleep (‘It’s very late now, Yoli, it’s bedtime’).
1Commissioned by Verbier Festival, BBC Radio 3, Moritzburg Festival, UKARIA Cultural Institute, South Australia and underwritten by The Viola Commissioning Circle.
Round Table II