Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Alluring yet foreboding. Britten modified these opera interludes to be performed as concert pieces.
Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (Harold Farberman, conductor)
Impassioned and sprawling. Mahler peppered the symphony’s manuscript with tormented phrases—“To live for you! To die for you!”
Walton: Cello Concerto
Brittle and introspective. This concerto was written for Russian-born cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who smuggled himself into Europe and then settled in the U.S.
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Absorbing and deeply-felt. Each variation represents a musical sketch of one of Elgar’s acquaintances.