ROSSINI La gazza ladra: Overture
SIBELIUS En Saga, op. 9
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 3 (Pastoral)
The GVYO opens its 32nd season with Rossini’s effervescent overture from La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie). This bubbly confection is followed by two works of grave beauty. The folkloric modes and dark sonorities of En Saga by Jean Sibelius capture the brooding majesty of his Finnish homeland. Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 3 belies its “Pastoral” subtitle, for its genesis was not in the green leas of the composer’s native Gloucestershire, but in the fields of World War I France, where he served as ambulance orderly. Its contemplation of loss and lament is beautifully serene, evoking perhaps eternal rest or the endlessness of time.