JOSEP MARIA GUIX: Evening wind for instrumental ensemble (2007)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra, op. 10 (1937)
RUSSELL PECK: Lift-Off! for three percussionists (1968)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The lark ascending for violin and orchestra (1914-20)
Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams are two capers of English music of the last century. The eclecticism and huge expressiveness of his music result in a sound far removed from the majority trends and laden with a great personality.
Les Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge op. 10 is the first work to bring international fame to the composer. Based on a theme by composer Frank Bridge, Britten's master, and commissioned by the Salzburg Festival in 1937, the author wrote it specifically for the Boyd Neel String Orchestra, an ensemble endowed with extraordinary technique. and that it guaranteed the execution of a score of great difficulty like this one.
Vaughan Williams composed The lark ascending (“The ascending lark”) inspired by the eponymous poem by George Meredith. It is one of the most famous pages of English music: an impressionistic and ephemeral stroke of the lark's flight made by the violin over a serene horizon.
Evening wind, by Josep Maria Guix, drinks from the reading of haiku, Zen texts and the leisurely gaze of ancient Japanese art. The imprint of Toru Takemitsu and the echoes of Renaissance polyphony forge a concise, clean and devoid of artifice expression, which predisposes to an attitude of purified spirit and listening.
Vlad Stanculeasa, solo violin a The lark ascending
Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Catalonia (OBC)