All These Lighted Things takes its name from a poem by 20th century poet and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton – a meditation on dawn, and a sense of relief that darkness is cast away which translates into Ogonek’s set of dances, run through with overwhelming happiness and joy. Bax’s Tintagel is a piece deeply entwined with the South West, not just because of the ruined castle which inspired it, but also through its connection to English folklore and mythology and its windswept coasts. Sir Dan conducted the premiere in Bournemouth in 1921. The Second Symphony, from its first performance, is one of Sibelius’ most popular works.  Its importance at the time was also due to the Finnish struggle for independence and early reactions to the work included some efforts to read into it overtly nationalistic, patriotic themes. Not only was attention focused on the heroic finale, but also on the long, anguished slow movement; music of great passion and pain, surging along in dramatic waves toward a grim conclusion.

Works and composers

Ogonek All These Lighted Things
Bax Tintagel
Sibelius Symphony No.2

Supported by

Steve Edge & Jane Fogg