Holst – The Perfect Fool
Mussorgsky orch. Ravel – Pictures at an Exhibition
Brahms – Symphony no. 4
Conductor: John Traill
City of Southampton Orchestra invite you to join them for an evening of well-loved classical music in the ancient setting of Romsey Abbey.
If you like Holst's The Planets you'll love his ballet music The Perfect Fool. A punchy opener, it includes three dances, representing the spirits of Earth, Water, and Fire.
Mussorgsky's piano piece Pictures at an Exhibition was adapted for orchestra by the French composer Maurice Ravel. The music tells the story of a walk through an art gallery, each section of music representing a different painting. To bring the music to life, Ravel uses unusual instruments like the saxophone and tenor tuba. The piece ends with the grandest of finales: The Great Gate of Kiev.
We will also perform Brahms's fourth and final symphony. A monumental statement, and Brahms's finest achievement, it transports the listener through a range of emotions. The expressive intensity of Brahms's music, when combined with his memorable tunes, makes this symphony a staple, loved by audiences across the world.