Swiss-French conductor Joseph Bastian leads the Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg (photo Kaupo Kikkas) in a journey across the Channel for the latest of its "Crossing Europe" series.
Passengers include British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, who was passionate about English Renaissance music and takes the audience to Elizabethan England with his “Fantasy on a theme of Thomas Tallis”, premiered in 1910 in Gloucester Cathedral.
Then countertenor Yosemeh Adjei will perform some of the most beautiful opera arias written by George Frideric Handel, who became a British subject and managed to achieve a masterly synthesis of German, Italian, French and English baroque styles.
Benjamin Britten was 18 years old and a student at the Royal College of Music when he wrote his famous Sinfonietta, but it already carries the germ of the great composer he was to become. And finally, the orchestra performs Joseph Haydn’s “Oxford” Symphony (no. 92), which was first performed in London during the first English tour by the composer, in