Elgar's Cello Concerto
In 1919, in the aftermath of the Great War and as Elgar’s health began to fail, Elgar poured his feelings into this haunting lament for a lost world.
About The Music
Poignant and restrained, the Cello Concerto is interpreted with maturity by Dutch cellist Teije Hylkema. The concerto is set against the assured sophistication of fellow Englishman Benjamin Britten's Sinfonietta. Mozart's Fantasia in F minor showcases Omega Ensemble's musical precision, while contemporary works by French composer Guillaume Connesson and Australia's own Mark Grandison are delivered with characteristic flair.
The program opens with a new work, Riffraction, by Australia’s Mark Grandison. In spirit, Riffraction is a scherzo, though one who’s form and temperament is twice interrupted. Three brisk riff-based sections are separated by two hovering interludes, darker in character and offering temporary respite from the otherwise manic surface energy.
David Rowden, Omega's Artistic Director describes this as a 'concert of contrasts'.