Saturday September 11th 2010

Guest Artist/Soloist - Amir Farid - 2009


The Sound Barrier

Vaughan Williams

Norfolk Rhapsody No.1


Rhapsody in Blue


Piano Concerto No.1


Appalachian Spring

The rhapsodical offerings of this concert are highly representative of twentieth-century mainstream American and English music. Gershwin and Copland typify the energy and vigour of the New World, whilst Vaughan-Williams and Arnold encompass the more far-sighted cultural vision of the Old, notwithstanding Arnold’s reference to modernism and innovation. These works display a distinctiveness of national styles that provides excellent points of comparison between the two cultures. Meanwhile, Prokofiev’s first piano concerto, more than ably carries the banner of the third great powerhouse of twentieth century music – Russia.