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RECENT EVENTS - Prom 42: Lest We Forget

Sunday 17 August 2014 - 7:30 PM

Proms 2014 Prom 42 Allan Clayton © Pietro Spagnoli

Scheduled end time: 9:25pm

Stephan
Music for Orchestra (1912) 18'

Kelly
Elegy for strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke 9'

Butterworth, orch. P. Brookes
Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad' 12'

interval

Vaughan Williams
Pastoral Symphony (No. 3) 37'

Allan Clayton tenor
Roderick Williams baritone

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Manze
conductor

Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad reflects a world on the brink of collapse while Vaughan Williams's Pastoral Symphony is a vision of war-ravaged France.

Like Butterworth, both Rudi Stephan and Frederick Kelly were killed in the First World War; the latter's exquisite Elegy for strings was performed at his own memorial concert.

Stephan's Music for Orchestra (1912) finds a desperate intensity in its Expressionist colours.