2nd Symphony Concert 2015/16 //
condctor: Olaf Henzold
soloist: Nils Mönkemeyer (Viola)
Charles Ives Three Places in New England
William Walton Concert for Viola and Orchestra op. 22
Edward Elgar Enigma Variations op. 36
Charles Ives’ works are rife with a pronounced penchant for experimentation, especially in the way he incorporates all types of performance music like marches, dances and hymns. In »Three Places in New England« he uses musical references to American folk songs to portray the distinctive local atmosphere of three sites in New England. He paints a picture of American lifestyle and patriotism, allowing us to experience the American spirit of the times at the turn of the 20th century.
Elgar’s fourteen Enigma Variations represent the characters of real people. Today we know the identities of the people in his circle of acquaintances, whom he characterised. However, one secret still exists. According to Elgar, there is another theme in and beyond his work which is never performed. In other words, the most important character never makes an appearance!
William Walton composed a rather melancholy, and at times harsh-sounding concerto for the viola. This fits the instrument’s character so well that it is one of the most frequently performed works of its genre.