- CINDY McTEE
Circuits / 6’
- R. STRAUSS’
Violin Concerto / 31
Enigma Variations / 33’
Internationally acclaimed American maestro Leonard Slatkin is a podium star with presence with more awards than you can shake a stick who has led the world’s best orchestras. A treat is in store!
From the sublime to the sublime via the sublime. Treat after treat after treat, in fact, with a firing on all cylinders modern American classic, a German concerto brimming with youthful ardour and a masterpiece of English lyricism.
Cindy McTee’s kinetically propelled Circuits is like West Side Story on speed (not that kind!). An adrenaline-rush of urban immediacy, it’s a cartoon in perpetual fast forward. Try to keep up – if you can!
Apologies to all you 19-year-old composers out there, but Richard Strauss was 18 when he completed his Violin Concerto. Innocent and enraptured, it’s a glorious flowering of romance, unfettered passion and infatuation with melody – much like finding yourself in love for the first time. No, really. Star violinist Alina Ibragimova’s ‘special brand of virtuosity’ (The Guardian) is a guarantee of something special indeed.
Once heard, never forgotten. Elgar’s Enigma Variations have a way of getting under your skin. Portraits in music of the composer himself, his wife and friends, it’s a bit like Instagram, but so much better. A high-watermark of 20th-century English music, with one memorable, soaring tune after another, Elgar refused to provide an answer for the puzzle it contains. It’s not called Enigma for nothing!
LIKE A STRADIVARIUS, CONDUCTOR LEONARD SLATKIN JUST GETS BETTER WITH TIME.
The Washington Post
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