BACH | Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
FINZI | Introit, Op. 6
PROKOFIEV | Concerto No. 2 for Violin in G Minor, Op. 63
GOUNOD | Symphony No. 2 in E-flat Major
Tasmin Little’s reputation for English music and contemporary works prompted me to suggest the two solo works on this program. A rare treat in the repertory, Finzi’s Introit, Op.6 was originally composed as a slow movement for a violin concerto, and remains as a standalone work. Pastoral in nature, and similar to Vaughan Williams in style, it is a nice complement to Prokofiev’s robust Violin Concerto No.2. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 with the famous Air on the G String prepares a nice segue into Finzi’s world of Baroque harmonies.
We conclude with Gounod’s Symphony No.2, a time of decision in the composer’s life between the church and the stage, when he broke away from his operatic work to write two symphonies “just for fun.” Steeped in the classical tradition at a time when it was considered passé, his gift for writing beautiful melodies is evident throughout this work.
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