Finzi – The Fall of the Leaf, Op.20, 1926–29
Arutiunian – Trumpet Concerto, 1949–50
Stanford – Symphony No.3, the Irish Symphony, Op. 28, 1887
Ian Ridgewell conducts the Wellington Chamber Orchestra in a programme of work spanning from the late 19th to the mid 20th century.
Our soloist for the Arutiunian trumpet concerto is Matthew Stein, freshly returned to New Zealand from doing his Master of Music at the Guildhall in London. Matthew is a Wellingtonian and a graduate of Te Kōki New Zealand School of Music. He was NZSM Brass Player of the Year in 2010 and won the Brassiers and Armourers Brass Prize at the Guildhall in 2017. We are delighted to have him playing with us this December.
The Stanford symphony is a stunning piece of writing, taken up by conductors throughout England and in several major European musical centres in the late 19th century. It was programmed in the first concert given by Amsterdam's newly established Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1888. In 1909, Stokowski programmed it in his first season of his first conducting post, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and in the following year Gustav Mahler presented the work to his New York Philharmonic audience. Its early success is easy to understand. Its later disappearance from concert programmes less understandable. Stanford takes a small number of the best Irish folk tunes and sets them off dramatically as the foundational material for a true symphonic work.