Poulenc: Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
Barber: Cello Sonata
Music by Vaughan Williams, Hahn and Tann
Composers have long been inspired by places other than their own. Britten’s lifelong habit of arranging folksongs began with his time in America; conversely Barber’s brooding, powerful Cello Sonata stems from the American composer’s time in Europe.
Cellist Tim Lowe makes a welcome return to the festival and joins Libby Burgess for this major work. Sally Beamish’s Penillion for solo viola makes an evocative journey to Wales, and is performed by Rosalind Ventris, one of the leading lights of the viola world.
Songs by Poulenc and Hahn, and chamber music by Welsh composer Hilary Tann, take us to Venice, Florence, and war-torn France, whilst Vaughan Williams’ rarely performed The Last Invocation explores our own, final, journeys.
Performers: AC, GBJ, CW, TC, RV, TL, LB