Spring Concert

Poem of Ecstasy

Saturday 16 March 2019, 7:30 pm
Oxford Town Hall

Vincent d'Indy - La Forêt Enchantée
Delius - Concerto for violin and cello
Saint-Saëns - La Muse et le Poète, for violin, cello & orchestra
Scriabin - The Poem of Ecstasy

Benjamin Nabarro violin
Gemma Rosefield cello
Robert Max conductor

Vincent d'Indy's atmospheric légende-symphonique 'The Enchanted Forest' is inspired by an epic German ballad and owes more to Wagner than his own Gallic roots.

Delius too was a master of the expressive moment and his Double Concerto is a work of intense lyricsm. Benjamin Nabarro (violin), praised for his concerto performances, and Gemma Rosefield (cello), described as 'a mesmerising musical treasure' also perform the attractive duo by Saint-Saëns.

Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy, first heard in 1908, is diverse and fluid in its mood and lavish in its orchestration. Described by Henry Miller as 'like a bath of ice, cocaine and rainbows' it was broadcast in 1961 by the Soviet authorities to celebrate the launch of the first manned space craft to orbit the earth.

This concert was generously supported by the The Delius Trust