Thames Philharmonia

Thames Philharmonia: Beethoven Saint-Saëns Bloch, Landmark Arts Centre 1st December 2018

Landmark Arts Centre TW11 9NN

1st December 2018 at 7:30 pm

  • Beethoven Leonore No. 1 overture
  • Bloch Two Last Poems (Maybe…) — soloist Anna Bell
  • Saint-Saëns Symphony No 2
  • Beethoven violin concerto — soloist Soojin Han

A celebration of resilience, loyalty and hope. The programme features a poignant and evocative piece by Ernest Bloch “Two Last Poems (Maybe…)” for solo flute (Anna Bell) and orchestra (1958). Albert Einstein, the first President of the Bloch Society wrote “I esteem the works of Ernest Bloch above those of any other contemporary composer known to me”.

Soojin Han is the soloist for Beethoven’s violin concerto (1806).  This sublime and ultimately cheerful work only gained acceptance following a London tour by Joseph Joachim (age 12) conducted by Mendelssohn in 1844. “Soojin is a wonderful violinist with extraordinary subtlety and great expressiveness…and remarkable instrumental mastery” – Gidon Kremer.

Saint-Saëns, a composer of the mid 19th/early 20th century supported the most modern music of the time (Liszt, Schumann, Wagner) but retained a distinctive voice of his own and withstood pressure from critics of the day. His short 2nd Symphony is a fine example of orchestral economy and structural cohesion showing his skill in fugal writing with the Gallic charm of Rameau.