Toby Purser conducts EAChO featuring Julien van Mellaerts
Purcell, Mahler, Shostakovitch
The East Anglia Chamber Orchestra returns to the West Road Concert Hall with a delightful programme conducted by the talented Toby Purser (ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow).
The concert opens with two works arranged by Britten, firstly the Chacony in G minor by Purcell that was originally scored for viols and is attractively reworked for string orchestra, and then “What the wild flowers tell me”, one of the songs used by Mahler in his third symphony.
We are joined by the wonderful multi award-winning baritone Julien van Mellaerts who will perform the dramatic and passionate Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) which were composed and later orchestrated by Mahler following an unhappy love affair. Using his own poetry, Mahler takes us on a journey through grief and despair to acceptance and peace.
The concert concludes with the surprisingly neo-classical Ninth Symphony by Shostakovitch. Written in 1945, the Soviets were expecting a triumphantly bombastic celebration from their Russian Beethoven and the pure and perfect Ninth Symphony was censured for “ideological weakness”.
Join us for a wonderful evening of song and symphony.
West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge's premier music venues. Ideally situated only minutes' walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King's College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.
Please note there is restricted viewing from some of the balcony seating.
Three wheelchair spaces are available in the concert hall with easy access at ground floor level throughout the building.
The main entrance to the venue has a double width door, with a push button for automatic opening.