Arcadia Event 3

7:30 pm Friday 30th Sept, St Mary Magdalene Leintwardine SY7 0LJ
Haydn String Quartet op 76 no ‘The Emperor’, Barber String Quartet no 1 (includes the famous Adagio), Eleanor Alberga new work for Baritone and String Quartet, Walton String Quartet

Programme notes

A chance to be at a world premiere. If you missed Eleanor Alberga’s stunning opener to last year’s Last Night of the Proms ‘Arise Athena’ [sound clip below] then you can hear her latest new work in Leintwardine. It is a glowing setting for Baritone and string quartet of George Herbert’s ecstatic and visionary poem The Glimpse. 

Haydn’s first use of the melody that would become the Austrian and later the German National Anthems was conceived as a gift to his Emperor, Francis the Second. It forms the slow movement of his magnificent quartet in C op 76. Walton’s only mature work in the medium finishes the concert. Written in 1947 it is a powerful and eloquent work full to the brim of all his characteristic lyrical beauty and punchy Italianita. He later rescored as his Sonata for Strings in 1971. A rare chance too to hear Samuel Barber’s first version of his now ubiquitous Adagio for Strings in his only completed string quartet.


Arise Athena!

Haydn Discovery - Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor" Quartet - it gets interesting about 7mins:14seconds