A Shropshire Lad – Butterworth
Violin Concerto – Glazunov
Symphony No 6 (Pathetique) – Tchaikovsky
Conductor – Richard Howarth
Joo Yeon Sir (Violin)
The Chester Philharmonic’s new season commences with a commemoration of the ending of the 1914/18 war, by completely contrasting pieces of music. Butterworth’s incredibly moving Tone Poem, A Shropshire Lad, based on the poems of A.E. Houseman, with its invocation of the English countryside contrasts with the dark brooding Pathetique Symphony of Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Separating these we will hear the contemplative Violin Concerto by Glazunov which ends full to the brim with life and toe-tapping exuberance. Butterworth was killed on the Somme and Tchaikovsky died just days after he composed this symphony. What better way of starting the Chester Phil’s current season with the theme of “Life and Death.” Our critically acclaimed soloist Joo Yeon Sir, will perform what is considered by some to be one of the most difficult concertos in the repertoire. Korean born Joo Yeon Sir has recorded Karl Jenkins work, which was specially written for her on Deutsche Grammophon.