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A City of Two Tales
Sunday 18th June 8.00pm @ Priory Church, Bolton Abbey
Raphael Wallfisch cello
Skipton Building Society Camerata
Ben Crick conductor
'I owe very, very much to Mozart; and if one studies, for instance, the way in which I write for strings, then one cannot deny that I have learned this directly from Mozart. And I am proud of it!' Arnold Schoenberg
Vienna in the late 18th and early 19th century was the centre of the artistic firmament, a city that had seen the birth of the Enlightenment and unparalleled freedom of speech allowed by the progressive monarch, Joseph II. Mozart and Haydn captured the city’s energy, optimism and zest with music of vibrancy and crystalline beauty that makes up the First Viennese School.
A hundred years later the unquestionable genius of Arnold Schoenberg and his pupils make up the Second Viennese School. The outward perfection fades as, with harmony creaking at the seams, we hear music that stares beyond the façade and exposes humanity’s psychological frailty, both its insecurities and its potential for transfiguring redemption.
The Camerata are joined by the international cellist Raphael Wallfisch for a programme that explores how one city inspired two very different voices.
7pm Pre-concert talk with Ben Crick
As part of our New Angles project ticket holders are invited to a pre concert in which conductor Ben Crick discusses how Verklärte Nacht musically conveys the narrative of Richard Dehmel's poem of the same name on which Schoenberg based his composition.
This event is part of this year's Grassington Festival. Please see their website for festival event details and ticket information.