The Metropolitan Orchestra have put together a lovely programme of fantasy and whimsical desire in their July MET Series orchestral concerts. TMO Principal Flautist Svetlana Yaroslavskaya is joined by guest clarinettist David Rowden (Sydney Omega Ensemble) for Saint-Saëns’ brilliant Tarantella. It is a virtuosic work filled with catchy, zesty rhythms and menacing dance music to create an amusingly creepy atmosphere to build a mood of sorcery and magic. Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ signature composition and continues the magical musical theme for the evening. The work is scored for an expanded string orchestra divided into three parts, and for this very special TMO concert, the second orchestra will be placed far from the main orchestra to physically place the audience inside the ebbing, surging waves of this glorious music. The music is dense with harmony, lush and vibrant, yet wonderfully varied in dynamics and character. The wonderful musical journey reaches a brilliant pinnacle with Brahms Serenade no 1. You may not have heard this enchanting serenade before as it is rarely performed. Brahms almost called this serenade a ‘symphony’, and had he done so we’d probably hear it all the time. Now we have a rare Brahms work which is buoyantly fresh, inventive, spirited and touching. SAINT-SAËNS TarantellaFlute: Svetlana Yaroslavskaya, Clarinet: David RowdenVAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas TallisBRAHMS Serenade no 1
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