Suk – Scherzo Fantastique
Martinů – Rhapsody Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (Rosalind Ventris, viola)
Bartók – Four Pieces for Orchestra
Strauss – Tod und Verklärung
St John’s, Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3HF
Tickets: £12, £10 concessions
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About this concert
Fulham Symphony Orchestra and multi-award winning British violist Rosalind Ventris present three rarely performed musical gems, and Strauss’s profound and poignant tone-poem.
This invigorating programme displays the wealth of European musical culture and identity prominent at the turn and first half of the twentieth century. Juxtaposing fluttering woodwind melodies with rousing string folk themes in Suk’s Scherzo Fantastique the orchestra then leaps to fellow Czech Martinů’s Rhapsody Concerto for Viola and Orchestra and his exploration of fantasy and French impressionism through Moravian traditional melodies. The blend of nationalism with folk music is combined with late romanticism in Bartók’s virtuosic Four Pieces for Orchestra. Finally Richard Strauss’s poignant Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration) focuses on the internal struggle within and the desire for redemption and resolution of the soul.
British violist Rosalind Ventris is a soloist and chamber musician based in London. She has given recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, and Het Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal. In 2014 she performed at the Wigmore Hall’s viola celebration with Tabea Zimmermann, Garth Knox, and Thomas Hoppe, and she received five prizes at the 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. She has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida at Marlboro Festival, the Arcanto Quartett at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Gerhard Schultz at the Salzburg Festival, the Aronowitz Ensemble, and the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio. She is the violist of Trio Anima (flute, viola and harp), Trio Dramatis (clarinet, viola, and piano), and the Albion String Quartet.