The Iron Foundry
Piano Concerto No.2
Symphony No. 2 ('A London Symphony')
The jagged melodies, sharp percussion gestures and machine-like rhythmic patterns of Mosolov’s Iron Foundry contrast starkly with the sombre depths of emotion explored by Rachmaninoff in his second piano concerto. This is a work that the great tenor Jose Carreras, who listened to it repeatedly during his recovery from cancer, calls “healing music”.
Vaughan Williams’ great song of praise to the city of London was written shortly before the Great War 1914-1918. The tone poem is an historical portrait, one that shuns the pomp and circumstance of Edwardian England. It bustles with energy and sheer orchestral colour. It depicts various London scenes from the Westminster chimes, the street cries of flower sellers to the rippling of the Thames.