The Lark Ascending

Tognetti and The Lark Ascending

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Voted No. 1 in The Classic 100 “Swoon” Countdown 2015 (ABC Classic FM).


‘He rises and begins to round/he drops the silver chain of sound’. So begins George Meredith’s poem The Lark Ascending, the inspiration behind Vaughan Williams’ much-loved work which truly does compel you to stop, pause and force the world to stand still. Australian Chamber Orchestra’s internationally acclaimed director Richard Tognetti joins the MSO to perform these evocative and soaring melodies, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

The soaring melodies in The Lark Ascending contrast with deep musical descents in Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. In Britten’s first opera, these four Interludes act as scene changes between each act, evoking the moodiness and changeability of the British coastline where the composer sets this tragic story of the fisherman.

The program also includes Witold Lutosłowski’s Partita for Violin and Orchestra, his signature piece of the 1980s and one of the most important of his entire output, and Rachmaninov’s vibrant Symphonic Dances.

‘_The Lark Ascending_ is notoriously difficult to play, but the best performances of it are seemingly effortless and free.’ – Classic FM