W.A. Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550
Dobrinka Tabakova Spinning a Yarn
Benedict Mason Meld BBC commission: world premiere
Alexandra Wood violin
Stevie Wishart hurdy-gurdy
Nicholas Collon conductor
Admired by Schumann for its ‘Grecian light and grace’, Mozart’s evergreen Symphony No. 40 combines rhythmic verve and dance-like elegance, streaked with stormy drama. For a performance in Vienna, the composer added parts for two clarinets – an instrument at the time still largely absent from the orchestra. Bulgarian-born Dobrinka Tabakova goes one further in her recent Spinning a Yarn, in which the rustic hurdy-gurdy takes a solo role alongside the violin.
Benedict Mason experiments with much more besides in his BBC commission, Meld – at once an enigma and a spectacle, that confounds what we think of as an orchestra, of a concert, and even of music itself. Prepare to be surprised …!