16 March 2019
Conductor: William Carslake
Soloist: Nathan Winters (Clarinet)
Nielsen: Helios Overture
Finzi: Clarinet Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (Pathétique)
To the excitement of all in the orchestra, our March concert will mark the FSO debut of Nathan Winters, our principal clarinetist, as a concerto soloist and of Bill Carslake as our new Artistic Director. Nathan will be performing the Finzi concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, which was premiered at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in 1949 and which remains the composer's most widely performed and recorded orchestral work. Not only does it show Finzi's particular empathy for the solo clarinet but it also exemplifies his imaginative writing for strings. By contrast, the other main work in the programme is Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, the Pathétique. Described by the composer as "the best thing I ever composed or shall compose", the symphony takes the listener on an epic emotional journey from lightness and frivolity to the depths of sombre pathos and tragedy. It remains arguably the most defining work of the romantic period and is a not-to-be-missed part of this season's programme. The Helios overture by Nielsen opens the evening with his depiction of the rising and setting of the sun over the Aegean Sea. We hope that you will join Bill, Nathan, and all of us at the FSO for what is bound to be a highly memorable evening.