THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED
Leader, FRANK CANTRELL
Conducted by JOSEPH Lewis THERESA AMBROSE (Soprano)
ALBERT SAMMONS (Violin)
MOZART'S father early saw the possibilities in so wonderful a son, and made good money out of them. He took young Wolfgang on tour, and one of the places in which the boy composer was a favourite was Milan. It was there that in 1772 Mozart wrote Lucio Silla , his second Opera, set in ancient Rome. He was then sixteen. The work failed to please, and Mozart's operatic connection with Italy was broken.
BACH'S Violin Concertos have only an accompaniment of Strings with, in addition, a part for a Keyboard instrument, which build up the accompanying harmonies from figures written over a single line of bass notes.
The usual plan was to give one main subject to the Soloist and another to the Orchestra, each dealing in a distinctive way with the material entrusted to it.
Bach in these Violin works adopted the Italian model of a three-piece Concerto, including two quick movements and a central slow one.
That style is clearly exemplified in this, his
Second Concerto. The contrast in mood between the irresistibly joyous, open-air First and Last Movements, and the serious, reflective Second Movement, is very great.
WE know Borodin (1834-1887), Doctor of Medicine and Professor of Chemistry, as one of the leading ' Nationalist' composers in nineteenth-century Russia. This powerful Symphony was completed in 1887. It is in four Movements. The First is heroic and somewhat barbaric in style. The Second (very fast) has persistent rhythms and plenty of gay orchestral colour. The Third is quiet and sombrely reflective, and the Fourth (which follows without break) is a continuous flow of high spirits.
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