4. ELEGY TOWWI
Cellist Alexandra Partridge and conductor Peter Van Drimmelman join the Manawatu Sinfonia in concert.
It was the end of the world as they knew it, reflected in an achingly poignant cello concerto. British composer Edward Elgar composed his cello concerto in 1919 as an elegy to the passing of a way of life, as a result of the tragedy that was World War I. This Sunday, the dramatic, intense and at times intimately reflective work will be played by the Manawatu Sinfonia with guest cellist, Alexandra Partridge.
Now in her second year studying at the prestigious Australian National Academy of Music at Melbourne, Alexandra grew up on the Kapiti Coast and like many other cellists has wanted to play this concerto more than any other piece of music.
Despite the emotional intensity, or perhaps because of it, the technically challenging concerto appeals to a wide audience as well as to players.
It is, Alexandra says, ‘‘serious, passionate, witty, depressing. All these emotions packed into half an hour’’.
‘‘Sit back and enjoy. It’s a marvellous concerto – the melodies and harmonies are gorgeous – you can’t help but be engaged right from the very first chords,’’ the cellist says.
The Sinfonia will perform under the baton of regular guest conductor, Peter van Drimmelen, who will also conduct works by New Zealand composer, Douglas Lilburn, as part of the Lilburn Centenary celebration. The Sinfonia concert is at 2.30pm this Sunday, July 26, in the Palmerston North Boys High Speirs Centre.
Tickets are $15 and $10 at the door.
Cellist Alexandra Partridge from Kapiti Coast is special guest of the Manawatu Sinfonia.