Kenneth Woods conducts OOTS in a programme of works by Mozart, Matthews, Mahler and Britten. The concert begins and ends with wildly differing interpretations of the fugue. Mozart’s Fugue is an angst-ridden tribute to the music of the baroque period whilst Britten’s is complex and skittish; the stuff of strange dreams rather than nightmares. Carmen Flores is the soloist in David Matthew’s Winter Remembered which takes its title from a poem by John Crow Ransom and makes reference to the first song in Schubert’s Winterreise. Mahler’s failing health and personal problems are reflected in the dark mood that permeates the first movement of his final symphony.
He began work on it in July and it was left incomplete at the time of his death just two months later.
Symphony No.10 (mvt 1 arr for strings)
Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K.546
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge