220521 Cambridge Philharmonic


Libby Larsen - Alaska Spring

Jonathan Dove - The Passing of the Year

Rachmaninov - Symphony No 2


Timothy Redmond - conductor

Tom Primrose - conductor

Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus

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Jonathan Dove has become a regular feature of Cambridge Philharmonic’s programmes, and his vivid choral writing continues to thrill choirs and audiences around the world. His song cycle The Passing of the Year – dedicated to his mother – sets poems by Blake, Dickinson, Peele, Nash, and Tennyson, and is a virtuosic celebration of the movement of the seasons.

Contemporary American composer Libby Larsen’s choral cycle Alaska Spring is a setting of the poetry of Tom Sexton, Poet Laureate of Alaska. The musical and poetic landscapes speak of the frozen North Country; a mirror to Rachmaninov’s imagery in his Second Symphony.

Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 is a swan song for his homeland which was facing such fundamental changes to its social and political landscape. Its luscious nostalgia pines for the Tchaikovsky-infused Romantic Russia of the 19th Century; but the violent march of modernity is never far in the distance.

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Cambridge Philharmonic is one of the oldest and most distinguished music societies, being founded in 1887, drawing auditioned musicians and a large chorus from in and around the Cambridge area. Under the direction of Music Director, Harry Sever, Cambridge Philharmonic performs a wide range of repertoire as part of its annual concert series, including an opera, family concert, classical and contemporary works. Find out more at cambridgephilharmonic.com