As the centenary year of the beginning of World War I comes to an end, this concert brings together two pieces which bookend the conflict, written by two composers who would be greatly affected by the events. The Globe's candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is the perfect backdrop for this poignant look at British music of the past.
Often overlooked in the composer’s oeuvre, Vaughan Williams’ Phantasy Quintet was written on the brink of World War One. It is puzzling that the work is so little performed: it is a veritable gem. The modal language creates an openness which lends the soaring lyricism of the writing a bittersweet air. Moments of beauty and stillness sit alongside infectious light-hearted folk tunes.
The devastating consequences of the war can be perceived in Edward Elgar’s Piano Quintet. The work is underpinned by a sense of loss, with the pregnant pauses creating a space for reflection. Despite this, the composer’s trademark long-limbed melodic lines are still evident, and the noble character of the finale harks back to the majestic character of his earlier compositions. Although the ensemble may be small, the musical gestures are large in scope, lending this piece a certain gravitas.
Acclaimed for their vibrant and vivacious performances, the Chilingirian String Quartet have been in demand across the world for over four decades now. The ensemble’s recordings for Hyperion and Chandos have attracted the admiration of audiences and critics alike, affirming their position as one of today’s leading string quartets. Don’t miss out on one of the most intimate commemorations of World War I: book now.
|What||Reflections on World War I: Elgar and Vaughan Williams, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse|
|Where||Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|
On 01 Dec 14, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via The Globe's website.|