On 19 May, the City of Southampton Orchestra conducted by John Traill presented a programme of Romantic music from Vienna. The first published work by Richard Strauss – his Festmarsch, Op. 1 – opened the concert in confident style. Michael Foyle, violin, and cellist Thomas Carroll were superb soloists in the the Double Concerto by Johannes Brahms.They powered through the Vivace non troppo finale with real gusto.
After the interval, conductor John Traill piloted the orchestra through the varied soundscapes of Mahler’s First Symphony, from dawn in some ancient forest, on the road with the song of the wayfarer, the funeral march third movement and the evocation of Purgatory in the final movement. I was there with my camera for the Abbey’s social media accounts and captured the concert from a range of perspectives.
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