Stravinsky Concerto in E-flat Major ‘Dumbarton Oaks’
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Tárrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Prokofiev Classical Symphony
Michael Collins Conductor
Xuefei Yang Guitar
Neoclassicism in music represented a creative rebirth for early 20th century composers looking for a new way of framing the future whilst taking inspiration from the past.
Inspired by the contrapuntal energy of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks received its premiere at the eponymous Harvard University research institute in Washington. Despite the nature of its source material, the work is undoubtedly a reflection of the modernist era in which it was conceived. Rodrigo found inspiration in the gardens at the Palace of Aranjuez for his popular guitar concerto. Suffused with yearning and punctuated by extraordinary outpourings of grief, the second movement is undoubtedly the heart of the work. Prokofiev’s Classical’ symphony has become a calling card for musical Neoclassicism. The Ukrainian’s distinct personality is channelled through the prism of Haydn and Mozart’s music, achieving a captivating transparency whilst nevertheless facing towards the future.
A free pre concert performance at 6.30pm from Ukrainian Bandura Player, Galyna Grigoriadi.
Galyna Grigoriadi is a professional bandura player and singer from Ukraine. She came to Hereford with her family to seek safety. And one thing she brought with her from war torn country was her instrument. Bandura, a traditional Ukrainian string instrument, represents the soul of Ukraine.
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