Discover three works that capture the eclectic sounds of early 20th century music: Vaughan-Williams’ romantic symphony inspired by The Pilgrim’s Progress, Nielsen’s stormy Clarinet Concerto, and Martinu’s tribute to an iconic World War II fighter plane.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 5 in D Major
Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 5 is scored for pairs of woodwinds plus piccolo and English horn, two horns, two trumpets, three trombones, timpani, and strings. The performance time is 39 minutes. This is the Symphony’s first performance by the Grant Park Orchestra
Preludio: Moderato — Allegro — Tempo I
Scherzo: Presto misterioso
NIELSEN Clarinet Concerto, Op. 57 (Martin Fröst)
Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto is scored for two bassoons, two horns, percussion and strings. The performance time is 24 minutes. This is the concerto’s first performance by the Grant Park Orchestra.
MARTINU Thunderbolt P-47
Martinu’s Thunderbolt P-47 is scored for three flutes, three oboes, three clarinets, three bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, percussion and strings. The performance time is eleven minutes. This is its first performance by the Grant Park Orchestra.
Clarinetist Martin FröST is one of today’s most outstanding wind instrumentalists. His repertoire encompasses not only all of the mainstream works for his instrument, but also includes a number of contemporary commissions which he has personally championed, including Anders Hillborg’s Peacock Tales (which incorporates elements of mime and dance) and Kalevi Aho’s Clarinet Concerto. During the[masked] season, he premiered a concerto by Rolf Martinsson and in[masked] performed a new concerto by Bent Sørensen with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam and Cologne. Martin Fröst is the Artistic Director of the Vinterfest in Mora, Sweden and Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway. His recording, Dances to a Black Pipe,includes music by Copland, Brahms, Lutoslawski and Piazzolla and was released in 2011 to coincide with a European tour with Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom he made the recording.