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 3HFTickets: £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.
Recognized for her qualities as a soloist and chamber musician, Rosalind Ventris is emerging as one of the most sought-after young violists internationally. As a recitalist she has appeared at the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, the Slovak Philharmonic, and Het Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal.
At the age of 17, she was the youngest competitor at the 2006 Lionel Tertis Competition, and won two prizes, which led to performing with the European Union Chamber Orchestra at the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy, and in the UK with Tasmin Little. She has also won five prizes at the 2013 Tertis Competition, including Yuri Bashmet’s President’s Prize. She has won awards from the Hattori Foundation, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Kirckman Concert Society, and the Countess of Munster Trust. In 2013, Rosalind was chosen as an International Holland Music Sessions ‘Young Master on Tour’, and was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre in 2014. In 2016 she was selected as a Philip & Dorothy Green Making Music Award Winner (AAYCA) and became a Park Lane Group artist.
A keen chamber musician, her collaborations have included performing with Mitsuko Uchida at Marlboro Festival, Tabea Zimmermann at the Wigmore Hall, the Arcanto Quartett at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, and Gerhard Schultz at the Salzburg Festival. Rosalind is a member of Trio Anima (with harpist Anneke Hodnett, and principal flautist of BBCNOW Matthew Featherstone) and the Albion String Quartet (with Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Emma Parker and Nathaniel Boyd). Rosalind has frequently been a guest player of the Aronowitz Ensemble, and regularly attends IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and recorded for Delphian and Navona Records. The Albion Quartet began a Dvorak cycle for Signum Records this year, and will record with the Czech Philharmonic in April 2018. Rosalind has been guest principal viola of the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Forthcoming performances include Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall, Het Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, and Kings Place.