As part of a year-long project in conjunction with the Worcester-based English Symphony Orchestra, celebrating ‘David Matthews in The Heart of England.’
April Fredrick – “one of the most beautiful, unalloyed, expressive voices I have ever heard” – will premiere the composer’s latest work with Orchestra of the Swan: a song-cycle based on Alphonse de Lamartine’s partly-autobiographical poem ‘The Lake’.
Continuing the themes of loss and lamentation, this is followed by Kenneth Woods’ own arrangement of the second movement of Schubert’s String Quartet no14 – composed when he himself was dying – which features five variations on his great song Der Tod und das Mädchen. The concert ends with a symphony that dwells on a child’s vision of Heaven, with April returning to sing the final movement’s rapturous Das himmlische Leben.
Mozart – Divertimento in B flat, K137
David Matthews – ‘Le Lac’ for soprano and orchestra, World Premiere
Schubert – “Death and the Maiden” – Variations and Lied for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra (arr. Kenneth Woods)
Mahler – Symphony no4 (arr. Klaus Simon)
Kenneth Woods – conductor
April Fredrick – Soprano